The Value of Annual Furnace Maintenance

As the temperature falls and you find yourself reaching for the thermostat more and more, you should also reach for your phone to arrange annual furnace maintenance. Ensuring your furnace operates at peak efficiency this winter increases your comfort, safety and peace of mind all season long.

Here’s more about what this crucial yearly task includes and why you shouldn’t neglect it.

What Is Done During Routine Furnace Maintenance?

A maintenance call is an easy way to get your heating system ready for the cold months. Although the specific tasks depend on the design and age of your furnace, you can generally expect your technician to complete the following:

  • Inspect and clean the burner: In time, dirt and debris can obstruct the burner, affecting its performance. Cleaning it restores optimal heat transfer.
  • Test the gas valves: Confirming these valves are completely open and operating properly is crucial for safe furnace operation.
  • Look over the heat exchanger: A cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide leaks, so it’s important to check that no cracks are present.
  • Assess and tighten electrical parts: Loose connections can make your furnace unsafe and inefficient. Thankfully, tightening them is a fast and simple task.
  • Clean the blower: A dirty blower impacts your furnace’s ability to circulate warm air around your home. Cleaning and balancing the fan ensures appropriate airflow.
  • Swap out the air filter: Clean air filters enable proper airflow throughout your system, which is why you should always replace a dirty air filter in your furnace. Installing a brand-new air filter also boosts indoor air quality if you install an efficient enough filtration system.

Why You Should Schedule Routine Furnace Maintenance

If your furnace looks like it is running fine, is it still useful to arrange a maintenance tune-up? Here is why that’s the case:

  • Lower the chance of mid-season breakdowns: Few things are more discouraging than waking up on a freezing winter morning to learn your furnace has stopped working. Unexpected breakdowns are aggravating and can leave you scrambling to find someone to fix it. Annual furnace maintenance decreases the risk of unexpected difficulties because your heating specialist looks over every part of your system, catching minor issues before they turn into costly repairs.
  • Less expensive repair costs: It’s a simple equation—the sooner you find a problem, the less expensive it is to fix. By investing in affordable, scheduled maintenance visits, you can avoid costly, inconvenient repairs, keeping more money in your pocket.
  • Maximize your furnace’s life span: Like a well-maintained car, a furnace that receives regular tune-ups will probably last longer than an unattended heating system. Annual maintenance saves you the expense of untimely furnace replacement by adding years to your system’s life span.
  • Raise energy efficiency: A well-maintained heating system works smoothly and efficiently. When all the elements are clean and in good working order, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your household cozy. This reduces your energy bills and lessens your environmental impact.
  • Better indoor air quality: Polluted indoor air intensifies allergies and respiratory diseases. The air filter in your furnace catches dust, pollen and other airborne particles to reduce these problems. During a maintenance visit, the technician will change the air filter at your request, ensuring cleaner air moves through your home.
  • Promotes safety: A failing furnace is not only inefficient, it’s also potentially dangerous. Cracked heat exchangers or broken gas valves can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. Knowing your system has been examined for anything that could be dangerous should give you peace of mind this winter.

What Season Should You Schedule Your Maintenance Visit?

To enjoy the most benefits, it’s best to plan annual furnace maintenance in the fall before winter’s chill sets in. This ensures that any issues are addressed before you begin relying heavily on your heating system.

At-Home Furnace Maintenance Between Tune-Ups

Though professional maintenance is essential, you can complete several tasks yourself to keep your furnace running smoothly between visits:

  • Replace the air filter every 30 to 90 days to increase airflow.
  • Keep all return and supply registers open and unobstructed for system balance.
  • Vacuum the exterior of the furnace with the brush attachment so it is clean.

Choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Furnace Maintenance in the U.S.

If it’s time for your next furnace maintenance appointment, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is an HVAC company you can count on. Our ACE-certified technicians provide fast, long-lasting answers to all your comfort dilemmas. We’re proud to deliver solutions to our customers and focus on making a big difference in your everyday life and sense of comfort. We even offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind. To get the most out of your heating system, call 866-397-3787 today to schedule furnace maintenance with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

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