Furnace Maintenance Services: Don’t Get Caught in the Cold!
If you have a furnace installed in your home and you plan on using it when the cold weather strikes, then it is essential to schedule furnace maintenance at least once a year to retain optimal efficiency from your system.
The prime time to book your service would be in the fall to make sure you are well prepared for the low winter temperatures. Scheduling an early service for your furnace will allow our expert team to pick up any problems where your furnace may need repairing.
At MaxCare Heating & Cooling, we understand the importance of doing more than what is expected with over 20 years of experience in London and the surrounding areas in Ontario. This means we are always making sure your home heating needs are met.
Our professionally trained team knows that servicing your furnace will not only keep you warm when you need it the most, but it will also help save you money on high energy bills, keep your family safe with good quality airflow, and save you from exorbitant repair costs.
We are committed to servicing your furnace to the best of our abilities, and with our expert team, we will always be sure to go the extra mile to ensure your home is heated safely and optimally as we follow the highest standards of safety and quality.
The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance
It is essential to have your furnace regularly serviced to prevent any suffering through cold temperatures when your system breaks down at the worst times. Hiring a professional to carry out this service will greatly minimize the risk of you and your family getting caught in the cold.
Here are some of the reasons you should prioritize your yearly maintenance appointment:
Maintain the Warranty
Scheduling your service will help maintain the warranty of your unit, so in the event of any repairs, you may still be covered by warranty. If your unit breaks down and it comes to light that you have neglected the recommended services of your unit, you will likely have to pay the full repair costs.
Maintain the Efficiency
If you have your unit checked often enough, you will be sure to have your system running at its full capacity. If you haven’t yet had a professional inspect your unit, it may have issues causing it to run at a reduced capacity.
Saves Your Energy Bills
If your furnace is not running optimally, you may notice large unexplained increases in your energy bill. This could be caused by your furnace attempting to work harder than necessary to make up for dirty filters, breaking parts, or non-lubricated mechanical parts.
Protects the Equipment in the Furnace
During maintenance, our experts will check your unit thoroughly, noticing any parts that may be starting to reduce efficiency due to general wear and tear or other unforeseen circumstances. Catching these minor problems early can help prevent high repair bills later on.
Extends the Lifespan of Your Unit
Even though a furnace generally lasts anywhere between 15 to 20 years, the better maintained your system is, the more likely it will function for close to or more than 20 years. If any parts of your system break during use, it could lead to other equipment breaking down too.
Keeps You Healthy
If your furnace is not cleaned often enough, it will start circulating unhealthy air containing dirt and bacteria throughout your home. This could cause unwanted health problems for you and your family.
By utilizing our knowledge to keep your home system running efficiently, we aim to prevent these occurrences for all our customers. Our qualified maintenance team knows all there is to know about furnaces, and we aim to share as much of our knowledge with you as possible.
What the Service Includes
While your furnace is sitting dormant through the summer months, it may collect a large build-up of dust and dirt, which will immediately be blown throughout your home when you first use your system in winter.
Apart from cleaning your system to prevent this from happening, our maintenance team will check various other parts of your system. Understanding the maintenance process can help you monitor and know that your unit is checked properly.
All our technicians will carry out the following checks and cleaning practices among others when servicing your system:
- Inspect the heat exchanger for any damage.
- Examine the belts to ensure there are no cracks.
- Do a thorough inspection of the vent system.
- Check the blower and clean it out if necessary.
- Lubricate all the mechanical and moving parts of your system.
- Clean or replace the air filters.
- Test the thermostat and calibrate the system if necessary.
- Measure the gas pressure and check the gas furnaces.
- Inspect the system for any leaks.
- Ensure all wiring is connected safely with no damages.
- Clear the drainage tube if necessary.
One of the most common problems that occur with furnaces is the filtering system. While this can have severe consequences for the quality of airflow in your home, it is not hard to spot or correct.
If the filters in your system are overly dirty, they will cause strain on the fan motor as the air is restricted by dust and dirt. When this fan begins to overwork itself, it will add to your energy bill.
The regularity in which you change the filters in your system will depend on various factors including the size of your home, the amount of dirt in the environment in your area, and whether there are pets in your home.
Usually, you should change your filters every one to three months and clean them as soon as you notice they are dirty.
Our maintenance team will run you through the process of checking if your filters are dirty and show you how to clean or replace them. They will also be able to give you a good estimate of how often you will need to do these tasks, based on your home’s unique needs.
How often should you service your furnace?
Your furnace should be serviced at least once a year and up to four times a year. It is best to schedule this for the fall season to ensure you are prepared for winter, and if necessary, you can schedule another service during spring.
If you prefer not to clean the filters in your system yourself, you should look to schedule maintenance more often to keep your system clean and running smoothly. However, if you make sure to clean it regularly and look after your unit, you can easily schedule one service a year.
Should you replace or repair your furnace?
When deciding to either replace or repair your system, how long you have had it is usually a good indicator. If your unit is fewer than 10 years old, it will be better to try and repair the system. For any unit older than 12 years, it may be time to replace your system if the repair costs are too expensive.
It is worthwhile to have a professional assess the problems before deciding and so you can get a better idea of how much it would cost to repair the furnace compared to the cost of replacing it. MaxCare Heating & Cooling is always ready to assist in your decision.
Can you clean your furnace yourself?
You can easily clean the ducts and vents of your furnace system by yourself, but if you are ever unsure of how to clean any parts, call a professional for guidance. Cleaning the air filters by yourself is also possible, but any mechanical parts within the unit are best left for professionals.
If you have any questions regarding your furnace or if those winter temperatures are creeping up on you, contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs. We are available 24/7 for emergencies, and our team is always happy to assist with any questions you may have regarding the processes of your HVAC system.