The furnace in your home is a very durable heating system that is designed to work well in climates just like ours, keeping homeowners and their families warm and comfortable, year after year. This doesn’t mean, of course, that it will never need repairs though. A furnace is powerful and can be very efficient, but it can have problems if it’s not cared for adequately.
Outside of manufacturer error, natural wear, and tear, or a furnace that is over 15 years old, furnace repairs are actually quite preventable. Big and expensive repair needs are the most preventable since they usually come from a smaller repair need sitting neglected for months, or even years. Read on as we uncover some of the best ways to prevent costly furnace repairs.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Last month, we talked about the importance of HVAC maintenance. This truly is the best way to keep your furnace in great shape, and the best way to prevent repairs from coming up this fall and winter. Routine heating maintenance is a service that we typically recommend this time of the year, because it’s before you need your system the most, and before technicians are likely to be out on emergency repair calls.
Of course, consistency matters more than timing here. Even if you’re reading this blog post in the middle of winter, if you haven’t scheduled a tune-up yet, it’s not too late.
During this important furnace service, our technicians will thoroughly inspect the system and check for signs of wear and tear. If we see anything, we’ll either adjust components right away, or alert you to small problems that need to be repaired. This will help you avoid bigger repairs later on down the line. In fact, it’s estimated that routine maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs a system may ever need!
Change the Air Filter
This may seem like such a small, forgettable task, but it’s actually quite important. While this air filter isn’t in place to protect your indoor air quality, it does have a very important job. It protects the interior components of your furnace (or your central air conditioner or heat pump) from debris such as dust, dirt, pet dander, etc. that can harm itscomponents.
Depending on the type of air filters they are, you should be swapping these out or cleaning them on your own every 1-3 months. There aren’t many maintenance tasks we’ll advise homeowners to do on their own, but this one is necessary!
Know the Signs of Repair needs
There is a chance that your heating system could need repairs and you just haven’t noticed it yet. The sooner you catch the issue, the better. If you wait too long, like we mentioned above, a small problem can turn into a much bigger one. Give us a call if you notice:
- A decline or fluctuation in temperature despite the same thermostat settings you usually have.
- Cold spots in certain rooms or areas of the home.
- Odd sounds coming from your furnace.
- A furnace that is short cycling, or turning on and off rapidly.
If anything seems amiss at all with your furnace, please give us a call!