Don’t let this warm, fall weather trick you into ignoring that the winter season is on its way. That means you’ll be turning off the air conditioner and looking to your furnace for warmth. If your heating system isn’t properly inspected before the first snowfall, you may find your furnace breaking down on the first cold day of the year.We spoke with Tracy He of Home Saving, a heating and air conditioning specialist, on the importance of having a heating technician inspect your furnace this season.
What does routine furnace maintenance involve?
He advises hiring a technician to clean the furnace drain every year. If the drain is clogged, it could divert water into the furnace, causing significant damage to the electrical system, or lead to a minor flood. “When the furnace is running six, seven hours a day, it can produce a lot of water.” What you can do is inspect and change the furnace filters before you turn on the furnace, He says. However, if your furnace is natural gas, He recommends leaving all routine maintenance to technicians who are trained to work with natural gas.
Furnace maintenance extends the life of a furnace and can give you piece of mind knowing it won’t break down when you need it most. The team at Home Saving can conduct these inspections as part of their maintenance service to keep your family safe and comfortable moving into the winter season.
Invest in a protection and maintenance plan
He advises that you purchase a maintenance and protection plan for your furnace. For a few dollars per month, your furnace is protected in case something goes wrong. “The parts and labour are covered,” He explains. “Anything that happens to your furnace, if it breaks down, or the fan continuously runs, you can call the service provider [to repair it] and you don’t have to pay for the service/repair.”
Why invest in a monthly plan?
He recently conducted a furnace repair for a homeowner. The blower motor broke down and it cost $1,300 to fix. On average, a blower motor itself could cost $780. “Some repairs are cheaper, some are more expensive,” says He. “With a protection plan, the cost would be $0.”
For more information on how to protect your furnace, or to have the team at Home Saving visit your home to conduct important furnace inspections, visit their profile on our website to learn more!