Every year, as cooler weather rolls in, the inevitable question of “do I really need to get my furnace inspected?” arises. Whether you were deterred because of price, did not have the time, or simply bypassed a furnace inspection in the fall, it is still the time of the year when your furnace is working its hardest. On top of that, there are a few more reasons why furnace tune-ups and maintenance are critical.
Your warranty may have a loophole
Some manufacturing warranties state that they will not cover the cost of repair if there is damage to a unit caused by improper maintenance. Therefore, you should be very cautious if you decide to tinker with your machine. If you somehow cause new damage and/or unknowingly make an existing problem worse, you could be left alone to foot the bill for repairs or a new furnace.
Neglect is the number one reason for malfunctioning furnaces
According to Angie’s List, some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter months are about a situation that resulted from lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can suddenly stop working, leaving you and your family in the cold. Below are signs that a furnace is on the brink of going out; should you experience one or all of these, call Commercial Service immediately:
- The system takes a long time to warm the house after it is turned on
- You hear unusual noises when the furnace turns on
- You have noticed an abnormal amount of dust coming from heat vents
- The system cycles constantly
- The burner flame is yellow or flickering (the burner flame should be blue in natural gas furnaces)
- You notice your heating bills have increased more than you would reasonably expect based off of use and temperature
- You experience excessive moisture building up on windows, walls, and other surfaces
- You see streaks of soot around the furnace, rusting on flue pipes or pipe connections
- Water is leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
Neglected furnaces can kill
Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks that are practically impossible to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even death. An estimated 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to hospitals as a result of carbon monoxide leaks.
Neglected furnaces can cost way more in the long run
Proper maintenance can help ensure your system works as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible when you need it. Failing to care for your heating system today can leave you without heat or stack on hefty emergency repair bills after a breakdown tomorrow.
How often should you tune up your furnace?
Commercial Service recommends maintenance be performed for all of your HVAC equipment at least twice per year. In fact, we offer a Platinum Maintenance Program that does just that! Have your equipment inspected semi-annually and receive other benefits like a 10% discount on all labor and materials when you enroll in our program.
A furnace tune up may be just what you need to keep your system working properly. Have a certified Commercial Service technician perform maintenance on your furnace if you still have not gotten it done. Call today at 812-399-9114.