The last thing you want to deal with when temperatures dip below freezing is a broken furnace. Not only can it be expensive to fix – it can leave your family in the cold.
Statistics show that 75 percent of all emergency furnace calls are due to poor maintenance. Why is it so important to give your furnace a thorough inspection before winter sets in? A lot of small things can go wrong with your furnace that can cause you big headaches later on. Avoid the hassle (and the expense) of a broken furnace this winter by looking for these common problems:
- Poor electrical connections: heating system components can not work properly without the right electrical connection and voltage.
- Poor Lubrication: Extend the lifespan of your furnace and keep repair costs down by properly lubricating all parts.
- Thermostats: Check to make sure your thermostats are working properly.
- Leaking or disconnected fuel lines: not only can any leak in the system reduce your furnace’s efficiency – it can be dangerous for your family.
- Clogged or dirty air filters: the air filters in your furnace help keep air flowing properly. When they become dirty or clogged, warm air cannot make it through the system. This will make your house feel colder and could stress the entire heating system.
Why Annual Furnace Maintenance is Important
Furnace repairs can cost hundreds – even thousands of dollars. But that isn’t the only reason to check your heating system regularly. A poorly maintained furnace can also be a safety hazard. Clogged vents can cause a fire. Poor ventilation can result in carbon monoxide buildup – and that can be deadly. At the very least, you could be paying more than you need to in winter heating bills simply because your furnace is being maintained.
Avoid the cost and danger of furnace problems this winter with a pre-season inspection and maintenance protocol.
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