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How to Keep Your Furnace Healthy

FurnaceWe still have a few weeks to go before everyone is going to be switching from heating to air conditioning to keep their homes comfortable. While you’re still using your furnace to keep your home warm, it’s important to take certain steps to keep it in the best possible condition. If you follow the tips below, you’ll be much more likely to reach the end of the heating season without having your furnace break down on you.

Schedule Maintenance

Hopefully, you already had preventive maintenance conducted on your furnace last fall. If you didn’t, though, then now is the time to do it! As we describe below, most furnace issues are not going to give off obvious warning signs unless they’ve had quite a while to develop and cause problems. You don’t want to just sit around and wait for issues to announce themselves before dealing with them, because you’re just giving those same issues more time to cause damage to the furnace before being taken care of.

During a preventive maintenance appointment, your technician will be able to go over your system in detail and find any areas that are developing problems. Those issues can then be dissolved before they get any worse. If you’re careful about scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year, preferably during fall, you can both improve energy efficiency and reduce the odds of a problem causing serious damage to your furnace.

Call for Repairs if You Need to

Preventive maintenance is the ideal way to keep your furnace as healthy as possible over the years. However, it is not a perfect solution. Even with annual maintenance appointments, there is a chance that your furnace will develop a problem that will need to be individually dealt with at some point. If you know what to look for, you can have the issue dealt with as quickly as possible instead of waiting for it to cause a full-system breakdown. You won’t be able to prevent all of the damage, but at least you’ll be able to prevent it from getting any worse.

There are many signs that a furnace isn’t functioning properly. Odd noises, for example, are a really common indication that something isn’t right. You should also keep an eye out for falling heating output, unexplained spikes in monthly bills, or short cycling (turning on and off every few minutes). All of these are signs that your furnace needs professional repairs. Ultimately, though, you need to trust your own discretion. If your system is acting strangely in any way, you should call a professional to come have a look at it. It’s much better to be cautious and find out that nothing is really wrong than to ignore a potentially serious issue, after all.

Southwest Heating and Cooling provides comprehensive furnace maintenance and repair services in Littleton, CO. If you need any help keeping your furnace healthy this season, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that you get the most out of your furnace.

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