Hi, I just moved to the area and my wife and I recently bought our first home. We want to make sure we take very good care of our appliances, and I read on your website that a furnace should be serviced before winter.
Since we’ve never owned a home before, this isn’t something we’ve needed to have done. (Our landlords have always taken care of home care things, and I don’t recall ever having a HVAC technician tune up our heater before the colder months of the year.) I’m writing you today because I wanted to learn more about why I need to have my furnace serviced before the winter. And, since it’s January, I wanted to ask if it’s too late do have maintenance done this year. – John S.
Hi John, thanks for your email. First, we’d like to congratulate you on buying your first home. We understand that this is an exciting time for you and your wife, and we want you to know that if you have questions about anything related to your heating and cooling equipment please hold onto our number.
And yes, if you want to get the longest lifespan out of your furnace as possible, you’ll want to stay on top of annual maintenance. During the appointment a technician will perform a full assessment of your system. They will change the air filter and they will also inspect the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the part of your system that helps protect you and your family from a possible carbon monoxide leak. If your furnace is more than 12 years old, the heat exchanger should be checked on an annual basis. If this component cracks, you could find yourself dealing with a carbon monoxide leak, which could put you and your family at risk.
(As an aside, we also recommend homeowners invest in a carbon monoxide detector. We also recommend you purchase one that’s battery operated, but that will also plug into an outlet. This will ensure the unit continues to work even if the batteries need to be replaced.)
Annual maintenance also allows the technician to make sure your system is running at its best. Not only will this help reduce your energy bills, it will help ensure your system lasts as long as possible. A furnace is expensive to replace, so it makes sense that you’d want to ensure that what’s currently installed will last as long as possible.
If you haven’t had your system checked yet, you can still schedule a time for a technician to come to your home. Like the old adage says, “better late than never!”For more information on the benefits of annual maintenance or to learn more about maintenance plans and pricing, give us a call today at 970-541-9244 to speak with a local customer care agent. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and if you’re wanting to move forward with an appointment, we’ll be happy to help you get something scheduled.