Why Your Furnace Needs an Annual Tune Up | Columbia Heating & Cooling Portland, OR
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Why Does Your Furnace Need an Annual Tune-Up?

You take your car in regularly for preventative service, like oil changes and tire rotations. Doing so keeps your vehicle in optimal condition for the life of the car, or until some unforeseen circumstance dictates otherwise.

The same idea of preventative maintenance applies to your furnace and/or HVAC system. We’ve provided a list of reasons why an annual tune-up and inspection is essential, not only for the comfort of your family, but for the life of your furnace.

1.  Avoid Any Surprises

Waking up in the middle of a winter night to a broken furnace is nothing short of unpleasant. Having your furnace checked and maintained every year is a great way to prevent these types of problems. While we do offer 24/7 emergency repair and installation, we’re sure you would rather avoid waking up in the middle of the night to a freezing cold house.

2. Save on Utility Costs

Ensuring your furnace is running at peak efficiency can only help save you money. Dirt buildup and clogged filters can cause your furnace to run inefficiently. You may be losing up to 5% efficiency of your HVAC unit if it isn’t being properly maintained. It’s important to have your unit cleaned so that it runs and heats your home in the most cost effective way possible.

3. Prevent Costly Repairs

Most mechanical problems can be prevented with annual maintenance. Having your furnace professionally inspected can catch small problems before they turn into big ones.

4. Maintain Your Warranty

If your HVAC unit or furnace has a manufacturer’s warranty, check and see how often you will need to have a tune-up to satisfy its requirements. Many manufacturers require annual tune-up or the warranty becomes void.

5. Keep Your Family Safe

Most importantly, a furnace tune-up can prevent hazards to the health and safety of you and your family. Furnaces use fuel to keep your home warm and comfortable and using any kind of combustible material can be dangerous. Just a small problem could cause gas leaks or an increase in carbon monoxide levels. The best time of year to have us perform an annual tune-up is now! Fall is the beginning of the cold and rainy seasons of the Northwest region and the best time to have us come and take a look at your furnace to make sure it’s in proper working order. Give us a call to schedule a tune-up for your furnace today!