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The Number 1 Reason to Have Your Furnace Checked

Oct. 24, 2014
Oftentimes we don't think of the large, mechanical and technical machine that is our furnace. You may only buy one or two per lifetime. Not many people know what to expect out of them...except they should run all the time and when they don't, something is wrong. Furnaces need to be checked regularly. Like cars, your physical overall health, your teeth, your roof shingles, and window caulking, furnaces require preventative maintenance to run at peak efficiency.  Most of the time issues are minor and can be easily corrected or improved, that's where the trained professionals come in. Left unchecked or to an untrained eye, disaster could be lurking.

Most homeowners need a reason to have their furnace checked by a trained professional. After all, "if it ain't broke, why fix it?" There are many reasons to have a trained professional check your furnace system but there's at least one you can't ignore... I'll give you 10...let the countdown begin!

Did you skip it last year?  If so, it’s doubly important that you make sure it’s done this year.

10. If your furnace is still under warranty, annual maintenance is required to keep it that way.  Every furnace manufacturer requires it, so, if you aren’t maintaining your system, you are potentially eliminating the benefits and peace of mind that come with your warranty.

9. Eiminate the “mystery” factor regarding the condition of your furnace. If you never have a trained technician have a look inside, you won’t know of any conditions present that may shorten the lifespan of your furnace.
8. Benchmarking the condition of your current system so you can plan and do the proper research for a replacement system if necessary. This allows you to  prepare and replace the system on your terms instead of "under the gun" on what could likely be the coldest evening of the year. 

7. A clean furnace keeps the rest of your home clean as well.  If the inside of your furnace is dirty, and air is moved through the furnace…it’s picking up that dirt and blowing it into your home through the vents.  It is the same for bacteria, viruses, and fungus particles. Since we’re inside so much more during the winter, this one extra step to improve indoor air is a big one.

6. Dirt. The main cause of furnace failure is dirt. One way to keep the furnace clean is to change your air filters at least every three month

5. It saves you money. Proper furnace maintenance will extend the life of your system.

4. Catching a needed repair early is less expensive, less inconvenient, and helps ensure the overall health of your furnace. If your furnace is aging, a technician can also give you an idea of how much life it has left in it before you need to think about replacing it.

3. No one’s schedule has time to accommodate an emergency repair.  Your furnace is much more likely to break down unexpectedly if you aren’t maintaining it.  And we all know that if it does  break  down, it could be on the coldest, nastiest night of the winter (Murphy’s Law).  And it’s likely that if your furnace isn’t working, there are several homeowners who are in the same boat and you may have to wait quite a while for comfort.                     
2. Peace of Mind. 

1. A furnace tune-up keeps you safe!  A technician will ensure that your flue pipe and chimney aren’t leaking or blocked, which can lead to carbon monoxide entering your home.  He will also ensure that the gas pilot safety system and safety circuit are operating correctly and safely.  If they’re not, it could lead to an unsafe situation such as fire or explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Every year we experience or learn of homeowners that become seriously ill or die from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a great majority of these cases, a heating system safety check would have uncovered the issue. A professionally trained technician's job is to be like a hound dog and "sniff" out carbon monoxide with special tools and monitors. A technician should be able to confidently report to you that your home is prsently safe or that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. The number one reason you should have your furnace checked is for safety; a trained professional's number one objective is to provide you with that report. 

To learn about our Comfort Protection Plan, which provides maintenance for your heating, cooling, and plumbing system thoughout the here, click here.
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