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In the dead of winter, the last thing you want is a broken furnace. Worse yet, don’t get stuck with an unsafe furnace. Most furnace problems are preventable with regular maintenance and tune-ups. Still not convinced? Here are three good reasons you shouldn’t wait until a problem strikes to call for service.
1. You’ll Avoid Costly Repairs
A quick tune-up now can identify problems with the furnace before they become major issues. Think of it like a tune-up for your car. Identifying and fixing a small oil leak now can prevent thousands of dollars in engine damage down the road.
Let’s say you skip the tune-up and find yourself with a broken furnace in the middle of January. Repair services are going to be swamped that time of year, and it may be a few days before a technician can come out. Without heat, you risk a disaster such as pipes freezing and bursting. Even if you avoid a major disaster, the repair is going to be more expensive than it would have been during a routine tune-up.
2. You’ll Pay Less for the Service Call
Emergency service calls are pricey. You’re going to pay big bigs if you call a technician in the middle of the night, on the weekend or during the peak of the busy season. Most basic tune-ups, on the other hand, run anywhere from $100 to $300.
Routine service calls include:
- Cleaning burners
- Cleaning or replacing air filters
- Cleaning the furnace motor and fan
- Inspecting your chimney and flue for hazards
- Checking for carbon monoxide and gas leaks
- Checking operation of the thermostat and safety controls
- Checking the blower for proper operation
- Inspecting the fan belt for proper tension and adjusting
Typically, September or October is a great time of year to have the inspection.
3. You’re Family Will Be Safer
Sure, going without heat for a couple days is a pain. You’ll have to suffer through freezing nights, or perhaps stay away from home with friends, family or in a hotel. But the inconvenience pales in comparison to what can happen if your furnace is unsafe.
Furnaces can be dangerous when they’re not properly maintained. A faulty furnace can release carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is colorless, odorless and undetectable. And gas leaks can lead to explosions. Don’t put your family at risk by skipping out on a routine inspection.
Author: Ashley Smith