Winter is progressing right along. Although it doesn’t usually get as cold as it does for our family and friends up north, if you didn’t schedule maintenance for your gas furnace yet, this is still an important service!
It’s never too late to care for your gas furnace. In fact, it’s essential to not only the operation but also the efficiency of your gas furnace that you have professional maintenance done each year. Consistency matters more than timing here–so even though it may be more convenient to schedule a maintenance appointment quickly in the fall, this service will be beneficial no matter what!
Read on to learn why we tout heating maintenance so much.
Safety is always the primary concern when it comes to a gas-powered furnace. While not inherently dangerous, any appliance that utilizes natural gas has the potential to become hazardous if not properly cared for through routine professional inspections.
During furnace maintenance, our experienced staff will check components like the gas line and the heat exchanger to see if there is any danger of gas leaks, such as carbon monoxide–which has led to hundreds of illnesses and even fatalities each year in the U.S.
If our technicians do discover anything amiss, we can arrange for the repair work, or even system replacement, that will be needed to keep your furnace in good shape, safety-wise and otherwise.
It’s important to note, in case you ever decide to get an electric furnace, that these are not automatically safer because they don’t use gas. Electric furnaces need annual maintenance just as gas furnaces do.
Keep Your Warranty Current
The warranty for most gas furnaces has a stipulation that the system must receive routine professional maintenance each year. If the furnace isn’t professionally tuned up this often, then the warranty may be voided, which means that you’ll be financially liable to pay for repairs or replacements, even if they’re the result of manufacturer defects.
Did you know that routine professional maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs a gas furnace might ever need? This is because we find small occurrences of wear and tear during maintenance before they have the chance to grow into a bigger repair need.
For example, let’s say that you have motor bearings that have worn down. We can easily lubricate these motor bearings to get the system back in good shape. What happens if we don’t catch this early enough, however, is that too much friction is created, and the motor can burn out, leading to a completely broken down heating system altogether.
Increased System Lifespan
The average HVAC system, when properly cared for, is designed to last about 10-15 years. This is considered its “useful” service life, meaning the period of time where it can be expected to work as efficiently and powerfully as possible.
Without maintenance, you could expect the useful service life of your furnace to last about 7-10 years. What happens is without maintenance it accumulates wear and tear faster, and it also gets very dirty. When the interior components are too dirty, rust and corrosion can occur, leading to a broken-down furnace a lot sooner than you expected.