While there are several opinions about how often a furnace needs professional attention, just about everyone would agree that one complete system inspection per the calendar year is essential. And virtually all manufacturers require regular maintenance as a condition of their warranty. During that inspection, the heating contractor has the opportunity to examine and test each of the components, check for parts that show signs of excessive wear, and in general just make sure the furnace is capable of providing an efficient source of heat and is safe to operate.
What Time of Year is Best?
There is no doubt that choosing to schedule a complete furnace inspection should take place in the autumn. With cold weather just around the corner, it makes sense to have a professional confirm that your unit is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable. Even if you anticipate a light winter, knowing the furnace is in top condition and safe to operate provides peace of mind.
What are Some of the Other Benefits of an Autumn Furnace Inspection?
Making sure your family is warm on the coldest winter day is important, but it’s not the only reason to have your furnace serviced in the autumn. Another important factor to consider is how much that visit by the professional will save you in the months to come in energy savings and repair costs.
As the nights get colder and the days see little in the way of an increase in temperature, your furnace will run quite a bit. That translates into more energy consumption and higher utility costs each month. If your system is in peak condition, there will be little to no energy waste. In other words, every penny you pay for utilities will be providing real benefits instead of just emptying your wallet.
There’s also the matter of not having to go without heat due to a furnace breakdown. By choosing to have the unit checked thoroughly in the autumn and taking care of any furnace repairs at that time, you can possibly avoid breakdowns in more extreme weather or after hours, weekends and holidays when it will be harder to obtain service and is normally at a higher overtime rate.
Remember that you won’t be opening the doors and windows a lot during the winter months. That means whatever is floating around in the air will remain inside. That’s fine in most cases, but what if some malfunction of the furnace leads to a carbon monoxide leak? That can happen if the heat exchanger is cracked or venting is. A carbon monoxide leak check is one of the things that the professional will do during the service call, it’s possible to spot the problem and take care of it before the furnace is pressed into service for the winter.
Don’t forget that having an annual service call will extend the life of the furnace as well. Thanks to prompt replacement of worn components and making sure all the parts and functioning properly, you can help extend the life expectancy of the equipment.
Call us today and arrange for a complete furnace checkup. With the right care and attention to detail, you can greatly improve your chances that the furnace will get you all the way to spring without any problems!