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Is Winter Really The Best Time To Start Thinking About Furnace Maintenance?

Which scenario sounds less stressful: having to schedule an emergency furnace repair in the middle of a harsh Edmonton winter or, having your furnace checked out by a certified professional long before the first flake even hits the ground? It’s a no-brainer. Keep reading to learn about the top benefits of servicing your furnace before winter starts, and why it matters.

 

When Should Your Furnace Be Serviced?

You depend on your furnace to keep you warm all winter long, so it stands to reason that you’d want to make sure your furnace is up to the task before the cold weather sets in. Just like you wouldn’t wait until your car breaks down before checking the oil, the best time to service your furnace is when you are not using it. There are a couple of reasons for this.

 

First, it’s the golden rule of preventative maintenance. You monitor the health of your furnace every year precisely so you can avoid facing a costly and untimely breakdown in winter. You’ll also improve your furnace’s energy efficiency by making sure it’s in top-shape.

 

Second, winter is peak season for furnace repairs, so by booking your appointment early, you’ll be able to lower the costs associated with a repair visit.

 

Third, because winter is peak season, you may not be able to get an appointment when you need it the most. This could leave you and your family without heat while you wait for a service call.

 

How Do You Take Care Of A Furnace?

Furnace maintenance is something that should be on both your fall and spring home maintenance checklists. You’ll want the following items to be checked:

  • An accumulation of dust or debris
  • Clutter surrounding the furnace
  • Signs of rust or corrosion
  • Clogged air filter
  • Rust on burner
  • Dirt or grime on condenser coil
  • Cracks or signs of leaks
  • Fuel pressure
  • Motor parts in need of lubrication

 

How Long Does Furnace Maintenance Take?

That depends. If done regularly, furnace maintenance shouldn’t take more than one to two hours. If it’s been years since you’ve paid attention to your furnace, then your service appointment could take a little longer. But the short amount of time it takes to maintain your furnace is well worth the energy savings you’ll enjoy when your furnace is operating at its best.

 

Need to schedule a service visit for your furnace?

Visit Modern Power Vac today. We take care of all your heating and cooling needs—including furnace installation and repair in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Call us today to learn more or to request a free quote.

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