With temperatures finally cooling down for the season, you’re probably just about ready to shut down your AC system in favor for your heater. Before you start that furnace up or switch your heat pump from cooling mode to heating mode, though, are you sure your system is ready for the work ahead? Properly functioning heating in Bowling Green, KY is a necessity, but if you’re skipping your heating system tune-ups, then you are doing yourself a disservice.
In today’s posts, we’re going to talk about furnaces, since these are the most commonly used systems in homes today. But most of what we’re talking about here is applicable for ANY type of heating system. You definitely want to get annual maintenance done for your heater no matter which type you have, for the following reasons.
This is the most important consideration of all, particularly when it comes to a gas powered furnace. The last thing you need or want is to worry that it may become a danger during the winter. During your heating maintenance appointment, our technicians will run through inspection checks that locate places where your heater may develop safety hazards. In a gas furnace, this can include a cracked heat exchanger or even a loose gas line.
Prevent Repair Needs
When temperatures drop low enough to need your heater on a daily basis, you don’t want to have to scramble to schedule repairs because your system abruptly stopped working. Not only can it be hard to get a repair technician to come in quickly enough for you to not sacrifice any comfort, but we’d like to help you avoid those sudden repair needs to begin with!
A tune-up gives your furnace the best chance of coming through the entire winter without any interruption in service. Tune-ups also help stop smaller repair needs and inconveniences that can add up in money and time wasted as well. In fact, keeping up with your furnace tune-ups can prevent up to 85% of the repair needs it might otherwise need throughout its lifespan!
Extend Your Furnace’s Life
Speaking of that lifespan, you may be surprised to learn that maintenance can help extend equipment life. You want your system to last as long as possible before you have to replace it, right? After all, premature heater replacements aren’t exactly cheap. Maintenance helps your heater achieve the longest possible service life.
Keep Heating Costs Affordable
A furnace that doesn’t receive routine tune-ups and cleaning will begin wearing down faster than it would have otherwise. With problems like extra friction on the motors or burners struggling to produce enough heat, your furnace will drain more power to run, causing an increase in your heating bills. But maintenance helps your furnace retain 95% of its energy efficiency throughout most of its life.
Maintain Your System Warranty
The warranty for most furnaces is only good if that heating system has its annual inspection and tune-up from a licensed professional. Ensure your furnace keeps this important protection should you need an unexpected system replacement.