Fall back to school means it’s time to start thinking about your furnace check-up. Nevada has plenty of chilly nights when a furnace will make your home feel much cozier. But is an annual furnace tune up is really necessary in Nevada?
The truth is that all equipment needs maintenance. Even though your furnace doesn’t have spark plugs like a car, it needs a regular tune up to extend its life and keep it running efficiently. Furnace manufacturers like Lennox recommend yearly inspections by a trained technician. Your warranty even states if damage occurs caused by improperly maintaining the unit could void your warranty. We’ve not seen this happen, but routine maintenance of your equipment is certainly an important preventative. Angie’s List reports that 75% of the no-heat calls heating and cooling companies receive are related to a lack of routine maintenance on a furnace.
If you have a gas furnace, another important reason for inspections is to be sure the equipment isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, and breathing too much of it can be fatal. At the very least it can make you sick, and it is certainly a problem you cannot ignore.
Regular maintenance will also help your furnace run more efficiently. This will save you money on your utility bills. Failing to maintain your equipment will make it work harder, which could also shorten the life of the machine.
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During your annual tune up, it’s a good time to talk about replacing old units, to get a ballpark cost, or consider changing out an old thermostat for one that is programmable. These units can save you 10% or more annually on your energy costs. You can set these devices to automatically change the temperature based on your lifestyle, dialing it down during the day and up when you’re home from work in the evening.
So, whether your furnace is new or old, it’s important to have regular maintenance to help extend the life of your equipment and help prevent breakdowns. This Old House says, “Whatever type of system you have, don’t wait until it breaks down to call for service. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Call Ambient Edge for your fall furnace check-up. We have a multi-step process to ensure your family will stay warmer on even the coldest desert evenings this season. Some of our processes include:
· Evaluating the ignition system and burners
· Adjusting and lubricating all the moving parts in your furnace
· Calibrating the control systems
· Checking the function of the thermostat
· Cleaning the coils and components
· Inspecting fuel lines for leaks
· Tightening electrical connections
· Checking the filter
Our goal is to help ensure that you make it through the cooler months without a breakdown. We have NATE-certified technicians standing by to help ensure your family stays warm and safe this year.