What's the number one way to keep your furnace from breaking down when you need it most?
Getting your annual service check-up and tune-up.
And doing it every single autumn, even if there are a dozen other things you'd rather be doing (and paying for). It's part of winterizing your home, just like draining and insulating your spigots so you don't get a busted pipe later.
There's a long lists of tasks we perform when you call us in for your annual check-up. Depending on the type of furnace you have, these tasks could include:
Please do not attempt to do this yourself. Despite a slew of home improvement videos and articles on the web, performing any work on your furnace is extremely dangerous if you don't have the training to do so. You could give yourself carbon monoxide poisoning. You could also cause a deadly, explosive fire.
You must have 3 years of work experience under an experienced HVAC contractor to even qualify to take the exam, let alone work on someone's furnace unsupervised. And HVAC technicians have to take 6 exams in heating alone to gain their license. Some apprenticeships take as long as 5 years. And before we can even do that? Most of us have gone and gotten an associate's degree in HVAC technology.
You cannot replace nine years of training with a 4 minute YouTube video. Shop around for a contractor you trust, be wise with your money, but don't start digging around in your furnace in the hopes of saving a couple bucks. Furnace service and cleaning usually costs around $100, plus filters.
If you've been putting off furnace service because you fear unpleasant surprises, take a breath!
If we find a problem, we won't just fix it without talking to you. We'll tell you what's going on and write up the estimate. And wouldn't you rather find a problem now, when you might have some time to work the repair into your budget, than later, when six bills are due, your mother-in-law is in for the weekend, and all your kid's lips have turned blue?
Still reluctant to schedule that annual service? Remember, it's not just about making sure your heater doesn't break down when it's six degrees outside and all the blankets in the world just won't make you feel warm.
It's about making sure you don't have a cracked heat exchanger, which could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
So if you've been putting it off, now's the time to call.