If you own a swimming pool, you understand the maintenance that is required to keep the pool in good working order. From vacuuming the pool and using a skimmer net to adding chemicals, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to keep the pool up and running. Without these interventions, the pool equipment will become unusable and the water unsafe. Similar to a swimming pool, your furnace gets very heavy use in the winter. Regular service will make sure that it remains operable and safe all season long.
From changing air filters to cutting back bushes from outside units, there are many routine HVAC maintenance tasks that homeowners can do. While these tasks are essential for furnace operation, they don’t address any mechanical or safety issues that might develop inside the equipment. Depending on where you live, the winter months can take a toll on your furnace. Normal wear and tear can create problems that could lead to eventual malfunctions and shutdowns.
Most experts suggest that your furnace receives annual service to preserve efficiency, prevent costly repairs, and address any safety issues. Your heating system is a complex network of equipment and components that requires annual professional service to prevent breakdowns. Let’s take a look at the benefits of scheduling furnace maintenance.
As your system works to keep your home warm during the winter months, it can become dirty and develop small issues like cracks and leaks. Dirt, dust, and minor mechanical problems can cause your system to put out poor airflow and work harder to heat your home. As your furnace works harder, it will have to expend more energy. As a result, you could see increased energy bills. Since your heating system can already account for half of your monthly energy bill, you’ll want to make sure that it is running as efficiently as possible. An annual furnace tune-up is the best way to ensure that your equipment is energy-efficient during the winter. During your annual maintenance, a professional technician will clean your equipment and address any problems that might bog your system down.
If your furnace breaks down during the winter, you could be in for a major headache and costly repairs. As discussed, normal wear and tear on your system can lead to several minor issues and concerns with your furnace. Usually, these minor problems don’t interfere with the operation of your heating system. If left unresolved, however, small problems could lead to major damage and larger issues. A professional tune-up will help identify and address any problems with your equipment that could cause malfunctions or system failures.
During regular operation, your system might experience small issues. Aside from the small mechanical problems, however, your furnace could also experience issues that create safety hazards. Normal wear and tear can create loose wiring connections, frayed wires, or a cracked heat exchanger. Wiring problems could create a fire hazard that could threaten your home if left unresolved. Additionally, a cracked heat exchanger could create combustion issues that lead to carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and can go undetected. If not addressed, a build-up of carbon monoxide inside your home could lead to serious health consequences.
During the winter, your furnace is the workhorse of your home, providing consistent warm air throughout the house. To prevent any issues from interfering with the performance, efficiency, or operation of your equipment, you should schedule regular furnace maintenance. Most experts and manufacturers recommend that your equipment be serviced every fall to address any problems before the heating season begins.