5 Reasons Furnace Tune-Ups Are Worth the Money
Never underestimate the power of regular maintenance. It’s generally common knowledge that your vehicle needs periodic tune-ups to keep it at peak performance. Likewise, your home equipment craves a little tender-loving-care to run smoothly all year long.
Home equipment like air conditioners, water heaters and furnaces help keep you comfortable throughout the seasons. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying position than sitting in your pajamas by a warm furnace with a hot drink on a cold evening.
Like any other piece of machinery, home equipment doesn’t last forever. The good news is that you can keep them running smoothly and extend their life through regular maintenance. At Lancaster Brothers, we recommend annual tune-ups. The benefits of regular furnace maintenance include and extend beyond warmth. Here are five good reasons to get a furnace tune-up:
1. Have Confidence in a Reliable Heat Source
Does the furnace ever malfunction on a mild day? Of course not. It stops working on the coldest day of the year – and that’s not due to Murphy’s law. It’s because your furnace is working its hardest in the middle of winter and any loose, cracked or damaged components break under the stress.
When we perform a maintenance check on your furnace, we check all the nuts, bolts and gizmos to ensure every component is functioning properly. These tune-ups prevent most breakdowns from occurring, so you’re not stuck wearing five pairs of socks to keep your feet warm in the dead of winter, waiting for a repairman on what may be his busiest day of the year.
2. Save Energy to Save Money
Did you know that approximately 50% of your electric bill comes from heating and cooling costs? That’s a significant amount of money spent on climate control. A furnace that is well cared for with regular maintenance runs more smoothly and efficiently than one that is neglected. When your furnace isn’t working as hard to keep your home comfortable, you can save money on your energy bill.
3. Improve Safety for Your Home and Family
Keeping a well-maintained furnace could prevent a disaster from happening in your home. Poisonous carbon monoxide production can be caused by any number of malfunctions, including mechanical failures, cracked heat exchangers, flue or burner issues, incorrect installation, water damage, and pilot lights.
During routine tune-ups, we carefully inspect elements like electrical wiring, burners, and safety controls to avoid dangerous situations before they happen.
4. Extend the Life of Your Furnace
Replacing your furnace can be expensive, and you don’t want to have to purchase a new one until it’s broken or is simply causing you too much trouble with continuous repairs.
If you’ve ever had a small crack in your car’s windshield and didn’t repair it right away, you know that it doesn’t stay small for long. It may begin as a small, barely noticeable crack in the glass, but as time goes by, it spreads. Similarly, when your furnace experiences small issues that aren’t addressed, the issue could worsen, leading to much pricier repairs in the future.
Regular furnace maintenance will extend the life of your furnace by catching problems early and replacing parts or repairing issues before they worsen.
5. Comply with the Manufacturer’s Warranty
Many new furnaces come with manufacturer’s warranties which require regular maintenance to remain valid. The warranty generally covers certain large or expensive parts and repairs, so you don’t have to pay out of pocket. Maintaining regular upkeep through annual maintenance or tune-ups can help you comply with these terms and ensure that you are covered if something would break.
Be Prepared with a Lennox Home Comfort System
If you think your current heating system is too old and you are worried about staying warm in a bitter winter storm, you’ll need a new furnace. We recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Interested? Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.