Winter is the time of year when furnaces are placed under the greatest amount of stress. We’re going to assume that you’re already using your furnace on a pretty regular basis to keep your home warm and comfortable, which means that it’s got a much higher chance of developing some sort of issue.
The way to mitigate that added likelihood of problems cropping up is to schedule preventive maintenance. Read on to find out why furnace maintenance is such a good idea, and why you should have it done as soon as possible.
The Nature of Furnace Problems
Sometimes, the first warning sign you have of an issue is when the entire system breaks down on you. Or, maybe it’s making odd noises or otherwise acting strangely. Though this sometimes happens, it certainly isn’t something that you should wait around for before calling for repairs. Most furnace issues don’t give off warning signs until they’re very advanced, by which point they will have already caused significant damage to the furnace. You don’t want to wait for symptoms to call for repairs if you can help it, because by that point you will almost certainly be paying more to repair the system. The way around this is to schedule preventive maintenance.
A preventive maintenance appointment is meant to give your technician the opportunity to locate and resolve issues in the furnace before they start to develop into serious threats. As long as you schedule furnace maintenance consistently, and at the right time, you can significantly lower the odds of problems developing in the system. Furnaces the receive regular maintenance have been shown to be up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future, and operate up to 40% more efficiently, than systems that do not.
When to Schedule Preventive Maintenance
You should be scheduling maintenance for your furnace during the fall season. This resolves any preexisting issues with the system, and ensures that the furnace will be in top condition by the time winter rolls around. Fall maintenance helps to prepare the furnace for the added strain that it’s going to have to deal with once the weather starts getting colder. However, if you cannot schedule preventive maintenance during that time, it is much better to have it done later than to skip it entirely. If you don’t have maintenance done at all, you can’t get any benefits from it. At least having it done later will offer your furnace some measure of protection.
Call for Repairs if You Have to!
Remember that there is still a chance for you to have some sort of issue with your furnace crop up between maintenance appointments, even if you schedule them on a regular basis. So, if you do happen to notice your furnace behaving in some odd fashion, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible. Just in-case.