Autumn Is the Perfect Time for a Furnace Tune-Up
Why Schedule Furnace Maintenance This Fall?
Now that fall is well underway, and temperatures are dropping almost as fast as the leaves, it's time to switch over the thermostat and start putting the heater to good use. Then, as the weather turns from refreshingly brisk to bitterly cold, the only thing left to do is keep the family from battling for control of the thermostat. Or so most homeowners think.
Since it seems to work fine for the first month or so, it's easy to assume the system is in tip-top shape. But if the heater hasn't been inspected, cleaned, and tuned up since the last time it was used (or longer), a multitude of problems could have developed unseen, and the unsuspecting homeowner may be in for a rude awakening - and a cold one, at that.
Staying Home More Than Usual Has Given the HVAC Unit Extra Work
Since the Covid pandemic has forced so many families to spend much more time at home these past several months, all aspects of their homes' basic systems and appliances have seen more action - including HVAC systems. Maintaining the correct indoor temperature around the clock is a big task, especially when the schedule no longer includes several hours of a neutral 'away' temperature.
Even the mere presence of people in the house can affect the thermostat and cause the system to run more often. Though it may seem counterintuitive that additional AC usage during the summer months could impact the heater, nearly every HVAC system utilizes shared components. Most homes have one unit that handles both modes. Forced to take on more work, the blower motor, air filters, and other components may become overloaded or worn prematurely.
Routine Tune-UPS Help Save on Energy & Repair Costs
A poorly maintained furnace will not operate efficiently and will constantly be struggling to keep up with the demands of the thermostat. This means the gas and/or the electric bill will become more and more bloated with each passing month, and the added expense can stack up fast.
That is if the unit even lasts long enough for that to happen. If the neglect is enough to hinder efficiency, it's enough to cause damage, and furnace repairs aren't always cheap. Even simple problems like dry fan bearings, worn drive belts, and dirt buildup on air filters or gas burners can damage or break down significant components. In some cases, the repair cost may be so high as to warrant replacing the unit altogether.
Foregoing Seasonal Maintenance Can Result in Heater Failure
The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is to wake up shivering in the middle of the night to discover the heater has inexplicably died. The best way to avoid this stressful scenario - not to mention needlessly shelling out extra cash - is to schedule regular maintenance with a trusted HVAC company.
The vast majority of HVAC malfunctions and system failures are due to insufficient or improper maintenance. So before winter arrives in force to put the furnace to the test, it pays to bring in a pro to make sure it's ready for the challenge.
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