Annual furnace inspections might seem fussy or a nuisance, but they’re just the opposite. Just like regular maintenance for your car, like changing the oil and inspecting the tire wear, regular maintenance and tune-ups for your home comfort system are important. There are several good reasons why Controlling Systems strongly recommends that you have an inspection performed before the beginning of each heating season.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect from an annual inspection and tune-up:
1. Cleaner air
During your tune-up and inspection, the technician will thoroughly clean your system inside and out, and that will prevent your furnace from spreading airborne contaminants once it’s switched back on. The technician can also change your air filter for you, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself. If you’ve been buying cheap filters, the technician will recommend a superior model that will do a much better job of capturing dirt, pet dander, pollen, chemical traces and other indoor pollutants that can damage your health.
2. Reduction of repair costs
Do you want to pay a little bit now or a lot more later? Just like you change the oil in your car regularly to prevent catastrophic engine failure which could cost thousands, annual maintenance inspection plans for your furnace are a cheap and easy way to avoid costly repairs. These inspections and tune-ups allow technicians to uncover and fix small problems before they turn into much bigger problems, which could conceivably threaten your furnace’s survival and cost you thousands of dollars.
3. Better energy efficiency
High-quality furnaces can only deliver superior performance if they are kept in prime working order. All the parts of a furnace need to be cleaned on a regular basis, and without consistent maintenance dirt and grime can build up and interfere with efficient furnace operation, costing you money every month.
Malfunctions in a gas furnace can be dangerous. Gas leaks or carbon monoxide buildup can be fatal if they aren’t addressed quickly, but fortunately a trained technician can keep your furnace in good working order to make sure these types of problems don’t arise.
5. Proper airflow
Tune-ups focus on smooth operation of the entire system. One of the first things a technician will check for is restricted airflow. This can happen if the air filter is dirty and clogged, if the blower is plugged with dirt or other debris, or if there are obstructions inside the ductwork. If the technician finds any problems, they will be addressed, saving you money over the winter months.
Annual maintenance inspections can be fit in around your schedule. By contrast, breakdowns are unexpected and unpredictable. If your furnace goes out on the coldest night of the year, or during one of your busiest work weeks, it could cause significant disruptions to your personal and professional life. It could even force you to leave your home for a few days, while you wait for a technician to finish the necessary repairs. A little maintenance now can prevent all that!
7. Maintenance of the manufacturer’s warranty
Did you know that most manufacturer’s warranties become null and void if the furnace is not regularly maintained? Needless to say, it is not in your best interest to negate your furnace’s warranty, and the fact that manufacturers require maintenance and tune-up visits tells you how vital they are to the health and welfare of your system.
8. Extended lifespan for your furnace
Like other heavy-duty appliances, furnaces face an enormous workload, especially in the cold winter months. If they aren’t well-maintained they can fail suddenly and without warning. Neglecting a furnace is a recipe for disaster, and if you skip on maintenance inspections you’ll be asking for trouble. On the other hand, if you keep a furnace fine-tuned and fully ready for action at all times, it can last for 15 years or more.
9. Superior Home Comfort
When furnaces are neglected they won’t operate at peak efficiency. That’s an undeniable fact. They will struggle to handle their heating responsibilities, and that means you’ll be left shivering on the coldest nights when you should be warm, toasty and comfortable. Annual maintenance inspections are the best way to stay warm and cozy all winter.
Controlling Systems offers the Best Maintenance Services
In Colorado, winters can be long and sometimes severe. Even though we have a lot of milder winter days, you need to know that your furnace will be ready when the temperature plummets and you need it. Annual inspections are an excellent way to keep your furnace in top working order. Our skilled technicians are experts in basic and advanced furnace maintenance, and we invite you to contact us today to schedule your Fall tune-up and inspection.