A common question we get asked is whether there’s such a thing as being “too late” to get maintenance for your furnace.
Given that a major reason for getting maintenance is to prevent repair issues, you might be able to say: Yes, it is too late if you’ve experienced a repair issue already!
However, the real answer is “No!” If you’ve missed your annual appointment for maintenance, it’s better to be late than to try and put it off until next year. We’ll explain why that is.
Prevent Safety Hazards
The next big reason for maintenance is to keep your furnace running safely. Electric furnaces are very safe to operate. Natural gas furnaces, on the other hand, do come with the risks of using a flammable substance. That includes carbon monoxide leaks, gas leaks, or house fires.
But don’t let that scare you. As long as you keep up with maintenance and have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, there’s nothing to worry about. If you use a gas stove, for example, then you already understand how safe it can be to operate a gas appliance in your home.
Prevent Operational Issues
After the safety issues, you’ll want maintenance so that you can prevent any number of furnace repair issues in Wyoming, MI. A small, undetectable issue in your furnace can lead into a bigger problem later on. For example, a malfunctioning limit switch might eventually turn into a broken limit switch, and that can lead to your furnace overheating with no failsafe in place to prevent it.
Operational issues in your furnace can lead to a lack of airflow, failure to start, noises, and more.
Thinking about the cost of a maintenance call might make you groan, but when you factor out the potential for money you can be losing for not scheduling maintenance, it’s clear that maintenance is a wise investment.
Even if your furnace does not encounter a complete breakdown, it may be suffering from a minor issue. That issue will be enough to hinder the furnace’s performance. That translates directly into more energy spent on your utility bill.
In fact, one reliable way to spot potential issues in your furnace is by paying attention to the utility bill. If there’s a sudden spike that you cannot explain, a maintenance check can help weed out the problem.
And finally, the best reason to get maintenance is so that you can stay comfortable for the entire season. That may sound impractical in comparison to all the reasons above, but consider how bad it would be to have your furnace break down in the middle of winter. You’ll most likely have to wait several hours, possibly even days, to find an appointment to have it fixed. Plus, if your furnace is older and is shown to need replacement, you’ll most likely rush into making an impulsive purchase.
Regularly scheduled maintenance will take a serious weight off your mind so you can have one less thing to worry about.
It’s not too late to have your maintenance check! Contact Westshore Mechanical today to schedule service.