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Do You Really Need Maintenance for Your Furnace?

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.It may seem odd that we’re already talking about heaters. But think about it—sure it may be hot this week, but cold weather is right around the corner. As such, you’ll be relying on your furnace very heavily, and sooner than you may really realize.

But is maintenance really necessary?

Well, yes.

This is absolutely a service you want done before the cooler temps come and you need to turn your furnace on for the first time. We say this not only for furnace functionality, but also for your home safety. Keep reading to learn more!

Safer Furnace Operation

This is the most important consideration there is when it comes to furnace maintenance. You don’t’ want to worry that your furnace may become a danger during the winter, right? This is primarily a concern for natural gas furnaces (which happen to be the most common types in homes).

During furnace maintenance, our professional technicians run through a comprehensive inspection that checks for places where the furnace may develop safety hazards—namely, the heat exchangers and gas line. Cracks in either can lead to dangerous hazards you want to avoid at all costs. If anything, a furnace tune-up will give you a peace of mind before you have to turn the heater on for the first time this coming fall and winter.

Repair Prevention

When temperatures drop this winter, we doubt you want to have to scramble to call us for repairs just because the furnace abruptly stopped working. We provide reliable repair services, of course, but we’d like to help you avoid these problems to begin with, by making sure you have a reliable heating system.

A professional tune-up gives your furnace the best chance of coming through the winter without any interruption in service. Maintenance also helps stop smaller repair needs and inconvenience that will add up to both money and time wasted. In fact, keeping up with regular maintenance can actually help prevent 85% of the repairs that a furnace may need over its service life.

Extended Equipment Life

Speaking of that service life, did you know you could potentially double it by keeping up with heating maintenance? An early furnace replacement is expensive—not an expense you want to have sooner than you need to. Maintenance helps keep the furnace working effectively and efficiently so it doesn’t die on your suddenly.

Money Savings

As we mentioned above, a furnace that doesn’t receive regular maintenance will begin wearing down faster than it otherwise would. With problems like extra friction on the motors and burners as they struggle to produce enough heat, the furnace will drain more power to run and cause an increase in your heating bills.

Maintenance can help your furnace retain 95% of its energy efficiency rating throughout its lifetime, ultimately saving you money on your energy bills.

For over a century, Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. has been providing reliable heating services in Union, NJ and beyond. Call us to check your furnace and ensure it’s ready for the cold winter months!  

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