If you find yourself asking this question, the answer is a big YES, you do need regular maintenance by a certified HVAC expert!
The benefits of getting regular maintenance include that you will extend the life of your system, you will save energy, you will keep your family as safe as possible and can you can reduce other health related-risks.
Recall that part of what a furnace inspection does is make sure you have no carbon monoxide leaks. Because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it’s hard for homeowners to know or detect that these may exist in the home. These leaks lead to symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and headaches, but they can also lead to death.
Approximately 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms due to carbon monoxide exposure—even though this could have bee preventable in most cases. (Source.)
Also, many HVAC systems also require regular maintenance in order for the warranty to be valid. Despite how manufacturer’s insist that maintenance is necessary for our HVAC system, as much as 3 out of 4 service calls in the fall and winter months because of no heat were related to a lack of system maintenance, according to Angie’s List. That means that as much as 75 percent of those no-heat calls potentially could have been avoided with regular maintenance by qualified professionals.
HVAC Maintenance Program by Greater Comfort
Not only are you keeping your family safe and saving money when we make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible, we will check and record the following:
- Check evaporator fan motor amp draws
- Verify proper manifold gas pressure
- Check induced draft motor amp draw
- Verify all safety’s
- Clean flame rod (if applicable)
- Check heat exchanger
- Inspect flue and fresh air make–up
- Inspect contractors
- Electric resistance heating elements
- Disconnects & wiring
- Tightening all electrical connections
- Verify proper thermostat operation & program
So Do I Really Need To Call my HVAC?
Again, if you want to make a small investment for the life of your HVAC system and to help ensure you don’t have an emergency situation when the cold temperatures hit, the right thing to do is to set up your maintenance with a qualified and trusted HVAC expert.
When you go to call your HVAC to get your tune-up, be sure that what you are getting is a comprehensive maintenance program. In other words, do a bit of research before you buy or agree to a contract/service visit. What you don’t want is to only receive service for one or a few items on the list you see above. Also be sure that you are contacting a qualified, trained technician.
In the end, it really isn’t just about safety—although that should be a compelling reason, too—but it is about preventative maintenance.
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