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Why Smart Homeowners Get Furnace/Boiler Maintenance Now

Freezing temperatures are right around the corner, which means smart homeowners are scheduling their maintenance visits right now.

In this article, we’ll explain why October and November are the best months to schedule a tune-up.

But first, let’s look at why your heating system needs maintenance in the first place…

Why your heating system needs maintenance every year

Every HVAC technician will tell you the same thing: You need to hire a professional to maintain your furnace or boiler at least once a year.

You need annual maintenance for the following reasons:

  • It’s required to keep your warranty valid
  • It saves you money year-round
  • It keeps you safe

Let’s look at these reasons in more detail.

Reason #1: Maintenance keeps your warranty valid

When your furnace or boiler was first installed, it came with a manufacturer's warranty. This warranty, called a “limited parts warranty,” covers the cost to replace defective furnace or boiler parts within a certain timeframe (usually 10–15 years).

If a part breaks in your heating system, most manufacturers require proof that your furnace or boiler has been regularly maintained by a professional (at least once per year) in order for them to replace the part.

If you haven’t had your heating system maintained, you might be responsible for the full cost of the repair/replacement part. 

Bottom line: Getting regular maintenance will keep your limited parts warranty valid in the eyes of the manufacturer, saving you money.

Reason #2: Maintenance saves you money year-round

Furnace and boiler maintenance saves you money in 2 ways:

  1. You’ll avoid expensive repairs
  2. Your system will be more energy-efficient, which saves you money on your utility bills

During a maintenance visit, a professional will check the important parts of your furnace or boiler to make sure they are working properly.

When these parts are maintained, the chance of them breaking down is significantly reduced. Plus, all of these parts will perform at their highest capacity, which means your system will run at its highest efficiency. The higher the efficiency of your heating system, the lower your monthly energy bills will be.

Reason #3: Maintenance keeps you safe

Since your heating system likely uses natural gas as a fuel source, it’s important to have a technician inspect gas connections, the heat exchanger and the venting of your heating system.

If any of those parts have leaks or cracks, natural gas or harmful combustion gases could leak into your home’s air, which is a potential health risk for your family.

During a maintenance visit, a technician can catch and notify you of any potentially dangerous problems.

Why you should schedule your heating maintenance in the fall

Now that we’ve looked at why you should get your heating system maintained every year, let’s look at why October/November is the best time to schedule a heating tune-up.

Fall is the best time to get heating maintenance for the following reasons:

  • You’ll prevent breakdowns in the middle of winter. The last thing you want is for your heating system to give out on a freezing day. Getting maintenance now reduces the chances of that happening.
  • You’ll save the most money. Like we mentioned earlier, maintenance improves the energy-efficiency of your heating system. Would you rather start saving money now or later?
  • You’ll beat the crowd. We see it every winter: When it’s really cold outside, we get more repair calls because people are scrambling to get their heating system repaired. This makes it harder to get an appointment for maintenance. But when you schedule now, when temperatures are milder, you have more flexibility with scheduling. That means you’re more likely to get the day and time you prefer.

Smart homeowners: Ready to schedule your furnace or boiler maintenance?

We already know you’re a smart homeowner, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article, right?

If you’re ready to schedule your heating tune-up, give us a call or contact us online.

In the meantime, learn how you can save on AC tune-ups by joining our Service Partner Plan.

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