Furnace Servicing and Maintenance
Today’s heating systems are an investment, and to enjoy their benefits for their full lifespan, they need to be treated as such. After all, why would you install the latest technology, then not look after it? Just like your car needs a periodic oil change and tire rotation, your heating system needs regular maintenance to continue working as it was designed to.
Scheduling preventive maintenance checks on your furnace will ensure your unit is running safely and also performing at its optimum efficiency. Not only will this protect your investment for the long-term, but it will also minimize the number of repairs needed over time, avoiding costly headaches.
Choose a trusted professional technician who will perform a detailed examination of your heating system, then clean your furnace to ensure it continues to operate at its peak performance. If your home heating system only warms your home, experts suggest scheduling maintenance once a year before winter. For a system that both heats and cools your home, schedule regular maintenance in both spring and fall. Without properly scheduled maintenance, you may be risking the potential for damage and costly repairs.
No one wants to wake up in the dead of winter to frigid temperatures and no heat. However, the right technicians – well-trained, experienced and knowledgeable in a wide variety of furnace makes and models – can respond quickly and will restore comfort and warmth to your home.
In building a relationship with your heating professional, look for one providing around-the-clock emergency service calls – for those rare emergency situations. With today’s integrated systems, finding a professional who can service your entire heating and cooling system will also go a long way to providing peace of mind. In addition to furnaces, fireplaces and heat pumps, look for a respected local company you can count on and contact for all your heating and cooling needs.
Despite the best maintenance practices, a furnace has a finite lifespan, so at some point you’ll be faced with the question of whether you should continue to repair your furnace, or take the leap into a new system.
In discussion with your service professional, start by considering the age of your system. The average life expectancy of a furnace is typically between 15 and 20 years, for example, while a heat pump can be expected to last an average of 10 to 12 years. If your unit is approaching the end of its expected lifespan and the cost of repairs is approaching 50 per cent of its value, replacing the system might make more financial sense and provide fewer worries down the road.