Time For Furnace Tune-Ups
Now that the nights are getting colder, it’s time to turn on the furnace to take the chill out of the air. When you go to the thermostat and change the setting to heat, it’s also a good time to think about changing your filter and having the furnace tuned up for winter. A furnace tune-up accomplishes several things:
- Checks for safety issues like carbon monoxide & electrical problems
- Helps furnace run more efficiently which saves money on utility bills
- Can help extend the life of the furnace
- Can help prevent costly furnace breakdowns
When your technician is at your home performing your furnace tune-up, have them check the humidifier to make sure it’s working properly. The humidifier pad also needs to be changed once a year.
A licensed professional can also give you the proper information regarding the age of your furnace and how safe it is to operate. Beware of companies that use scare tactics to tell you your heat exchanger is dangerous and the entire furnace must be replaced. Some older furnaces have heat exchanger warranties that may cover repairs.
In some cases, replacing the entire furnace is recommended. This usually happens when the furnace is so old that it just costs too much money to operate in high utility bills. In some cases, the money you save on utility bills can go towards the cost of a new furnace.
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