When it comes to maintenance, the best possible time to have it performed is just before the season. Your furnace should have been tuned up before winter, if not before fall.
If you’ve made it to the end of winter without a maintenance check, you can consider yourself lucky. But it’s not exactly something to be happy about, either. When you neglect maintenance, you’re only cheating yourself.
We’ll explain what we mean and why it’s not too late to have your furnace tuned-up this season.
Maintenance Keeps Expenses Low
Every furnace has an efficiency rating. The higher the rating, the more fuel it converts into usable heat for your home. So, getting the highest rated furnace is a solid approach to spending less money on heating every month.
However, regardless of the quality of the furnace, all furnaces will decline in their performance. The only thing that props them back up is a thorough maintenance check. By looking over every part in the system, your technician will be able to clean off sensitive components, ensure that the wiring and electrical parts are operating, and make sure that air is flowing freely through the system.
All of these factors will contribute to your overall spend. Even if your furnace is not “broken,” it’s possible for a system to underperform if not maintained.
Avoid Major Safety Issues
To be clear, we don’t condone skipping maintenance for any kind of HVAC system. However, gas furnaces are especially important since they run the risk of creating dangers like carbon monoxide leaks. Without regular maintenance, some of these issues may develop and get worse until they become a problem.
- Cracked heat exchanger: Heat exchangers will eventually go bad due to constantly being exposed to heat. Some wear out faster than others, so there’s no telling “when” it will happen. Your best bet is to have it looked at with every maintenance check before it becomes a carbon monoxide hazard.
- Flame rollout: The gas furnace requires oxygen to combust natural gas into heated air. If this access to oxygen is restricted, the burner flames might reach outside the furnace cabinet to find more oxygen—it’s as dangerous as it sounds.
- Delayed ignition: Burners that are too dirty might have trouble igniting the fuel. When that happens, too much fuel can enter the chamber before it finally ignites, creating a mini-explosion.
Why It’s Not Too Late for Furnace Maintenance
As you can tell by the above reasons, maintenance isn’t just something that you can wait around until next year to have done. If you’re already behind on tune-ups, the best thing you can do is have it performed ASAP.
If you’re not good with remembering to schedule maintenance, you can opt-in for a maintenance program. Along with the maintenance checks, you also receive benefits like:
- Priority service, putting you above normal customers.
- Free service calls and consultations.
- 24/7 emergency service.
- Discounts and coupons toward future HVAC services.