A lot of us would rather not think about it, but annual maintenance is important for a number of reasons. Performing annual inspections and maintenance not only diagnoses and repairs existing problems, but it helps find and prevent problems from occurring in the future. Annual furnace maintenance should take place in the fall, however, the best time depends on your climate and may well vary from year to year.
So, why is it important?
Combustion-type furnaces can leak carbon monoxide into your home. This odorless, invisible gas can sicken people quickly. Any home with a combustion furnace (oil, propane, or wood) should have carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. During annual maintenance, the HVAC professional will check CO levels around the furnace and check the heat exchanger for cracks, which can release CO into your home. They will also check the burner and pilot/igniter – problems with these can also leak gas into your home and possibly cause a fire or even an explosion.
A properly maintained furnace uses less fuel and lasts longer. An HVAC professional will oil motors so they run more smoothly, check and replace the filters, and make sure your thermostat is set accurately. All of these make your furnace run more efficiently and use less energy. With proper maintenance, it can reduce your costs on your electricity bill, since 46% of the average family electricity bill is towards heating and cooling.
Annual maintenance also reduces the chance of your furnace breaking down. By checking it in the fall, you can do necessary repairs then – rather than when it’s in the middle of the brutal Fredericksburg winter months.
Regular annual checks of your furnace are vital for your health, finances, and safety. If you are looking for a furnace repair contractor or any heating services, contact Access Heating & Air LLC today.