Furnace Maintenance: Is it Really Necessary?
Here in Denver, we are blessed with plenty of sunshine all year long, but the winters can still get pretty cold. Having a functioning furnace that you don’t have to worry about is essential. Annual maintenance may seem unnecessary for something that basically operates on its own, but precisely because your furnace operates 24/7 for a good portion of the year, it makes good sense to take care of it.
Yearly maintenance by a qualified HVAC professional gives you peace of mind that your heating system is functioning safely, effectively and efficiently, and will continue to do so.
What HVAC Technicians Do to Tune-up the Furnace
Keep in mind that not all “maintenance tune-ups” are equal. A well-trained HVAC technician will do more than vacuum dust. A thorough tune-up involves checking all parts to make sure they are clean and functioning properly, and identifying any problems that could develop into more serious issues.
Regular maintenance will keep your furnace running at maximum efficiency and can even extend the life of your equipment, saving you money on utility bills and replacement. The chance of an unexpected breakdown is greatly reduced or eliminated, saving the cost and inconvenience of an emergency repair call in the middle of the night, or on a weekend or holiday.
Here is a List of What a Maintenance Tune-up Should Include:
- Test heat exchange for any cracks, holes, seperations, or compromised integrity (excessive rust, pitting etc.)
- Test all loads (motors), controls, and safetys
- Gas leak check
- Check venting
- Carbon monoxide detection
- Combustion air / free air calculation
- Minor cleaning of the furnace (cabinet, burners)
- Evaluate distribution system
Furnace Tune-ups are Not a DIY Job
While it may be tempting to save a little money and do it yourself, remember that HVAC technicians receive extensive training. They know exactly what to look for and can spot potential problems that a typical homeowner will miss. They will be thorough and efficient.
How Much Does it Cost?
A professional maintenance check will cost approximately $100-$150. Remember, you will easily recoup that investment by eliminating the need for emergency calls, by improving performance and efficiency, and by extending the life of your system.
Beware of companies that charge bargain rates. Be sure to ask what is included in the price, and check credentials.
When you have your furnace professionally inspected in the fall, you can breathe easier in the winter, knowing your system is in good shape, your home will be warm, and your family will be safe.