Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance in Calgary
Gas furnaces do not take care of themselves. Just like most household appliances, yours will run into problems if you neglect it.
If you look after your furnace, it will seemingly run forever.
But what attention is required from the homeowner? How often do you need to get a professional to inspect your furnace?
An annual maintenance visit from a professional furnace technician should be the minimum and, as we head into the colder months in Calgary, it’s important to cover your bases to prevent icy cold mornings in the home.
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Regular furnace maintenance also extends to some simple things that you may be able to take care of that don’t necessarily require professional help with.
Here we look at the benefits of a well-maintained furnace and pass on a few tips about how you can keep your furnace in tip-top condition this fall and winter.
Furnace Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Gas Furnace Running This Fall
Some of the following, you may be able to tend to yourself if you have some previous experience of furnace checks. All of these steps are, however, covered in any regular furnace service from the team at Alpha Plumbing:
First things first: safety. That means turning the power system to your gas furnace off before you start working on it.
Gas leaks from furnaces can be very dangerous to you and your family, so check for any leaks before you start cleaning anything. If you detect a problem with a leak, call a furnace professional immediately.
Furnace filters require regular cleaning and replacement to prevent dirt, dust, debris and other foreign particles from entering the heating system.
f the filter is clogged with dirt, it cannot do its job properly and may need replacing. This is affordable, but if the dirt can be easily cleaned away you may prefer to do that.
Benefits of regular furnace maintenance in Alberta
Regular furnace maintenance should be a priority for homeworkers as we head into the winter season. No Calgary home wants to be without heat even for a day.
If you schedule a minimum of one furnace maintenance per year, you will notice the benefits in the following ways:
A reduction in your monthly energy bills
The obvious benefit of an optimized, well-maintained furnace system is its efficiency. A poorly maintained furnace has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat.
A furnace operating at peak performance helps you reduce energy costs in the home and lower the monthly bills you pay. That’s generally music to the ears of homeowners.
Safety for you and your family
Gas leaks – most notably carbon monoxide – can be extremely dangerous.
An annual inspection and maintenance of the entire system and safety controls will ensure that this possibility is minimized and you and your family are kept safe.
Maintenance of your manufacturer’s warranty
Regular furnace inspections are generally necessary to maintain the conditions of your warranty.
If you leave your furnace for years without taking proper care of it, it may violate the terms of your manufacturer’s warranty. If your furnace still suffers a problem despite getting it regularly maintained, you are more likely to be covered.
Note that a service manual will come with your furnace, and this should be updated by the technician every time that maintenance is performed.
Stay warm, safe and happy this Calgary winter
The big benefit of regular tune-ups to your furnace is that you and your family can enjoy the peace of mind that you will be warm, safe and happy this coming winter!
Need help with maintaining or repairing your furnace this fall?
Your furnace should not be an afterthought. It is central to your home and the comfort and health of your family.
The above tips should help you pay more attention to your furnace and avoid the types of problems that some homeowners will undoubtedly face this fall and winter.
If you do run into problems or need to schedule an inspection, call Alpha Plumbing on 403-470-5785 to arrange an honest assessment from a qualified technician.
Once the inspection is complete, we will recommend any furnace repairs that are required and go ahead with fixing them once we get the green light from you.