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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

furnace-in-basementIt’s the second half of winter, and if you didn’t schedule regular maintenance for your furnace back in the fall, you may think it’s too late to bother. You can wait until the next fall to have it done.

But it isn’t too late! Furnace maintenance needs to be done annually. Although it’s always best to have the furnace maintained in fall to beat out the first cold days of winter, it’s better to have it done late than to skip it entirely. Furnace maintenance isn’t a luxury or “bonus” for the heating system—it’s essential. Call on a professional Rockville, MD, HVAC company today to arrange for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace.

Why Furnace Maintenance Is So Vital

What makes regular maintenance for a furnace so important that we stress you have it done even in later winter?

  • Safety: Safety always comes first for a heating system. The majority of furnaces used in the area are natural gas-powered, and any device using natural gas has the potential to become hazardous without routine inspections. During furnace maintenance, experienced technicians will check the gas line and the heat exchanger to find out if there’s a danger of carbon monoxide leaks. If the technicians find anything wrong, they can arrange for the repair work (or possibly system replacement) necessary to keep the furnace working at the highest levels of safety. Yes, electric furnaces can pose hazards as well, such as starting electric fires from bad wiring.
  • Warranty protection: The warranties for most furnaces have a condition that the unit must receive regular professional maintenance. If the furnace isn’t maintained, the warranty is voided, and you may end up paying for repairs or replacements that would otherwise be covered. Maintenance keeps you protected from manufacturer faults.
  • Repair prevention: Here’s a sobering fact about furnace operation—around 85% of the repairs a furnace may need during its service life come from lack of maintenance. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you eliminate 85% of the repairs you’ll need to pay for. I.e. almost all of them. You’ll save money and convenience.
  • Extended system life: How long do you want your furnace to last? “As long as possible!” is probably your answer. Maintenance is the best way to see that you enjoy those years from your furnace. Without maintenance, most furnaces won’t even make it to half their manufacturer’s expected lifespan, and no “repair” is costlier than having to schedule an early furnace replacement.
  • Keep heating costs down: Each year a furnace runs, it accumulates wear and tear from the strain of working and from dust and dirt. This lowers the efficiency of the furnace as it must consume more power to run than it normally does. When the furnace is maintained, you won’t see a continual rise in your utility bills.

Call us today to sign up for our Ultimate Service Agreement. This program will care for both your home heating and air conditioning system and comes with many additional benefits.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers heating services in Gaithersburg and Montgomery County. If you haven’t had furnace maintenance, call today!