It's Gonna Get Cold: 3 Reasons You Need To Have Your Heater Serviced Before Winter Arrives

Posted on: 11 May 2016

Winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you're going to be firing up your furnace again. Before you do, it's important that you have it serviced. Proper maintenance will help extend the life of your furnace and prevent problems. Here are just three of the reasons you should have your furnace inspected and serviced before the cold weather arrives.

Ensures Energy Efficiency

A clean furnace is an energy efficient furnace. You might think that because your heater was off during the summer, that you don't need it to be serviced before you turn it on again. That is simply not correct. While your furnace was sitting dormant, it was collecting dust, dirt and other forms of debris.

Small insects and rodents could have been building their nests inside your furnace over the summer. By having your furnace serviced before turning it on for the first time, your repair technician will be able to remove the dirt and debris, as well as any nesting material that might be present. Once your furnace is cleaned, it won't have to work as hard to heat your home.

Reduces Unexpected Breakdowns

The last thing you want is to have to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the middle of winter. By having your heater inspected and serviced before cold weather arrives, you can take care of any problems that might be present. This is a good time for your repair technician to inspect the pilot light, furnace blower and duct work for signs of problems. During the service call, your technician will replace your filter, clean your vents, and repair any problems they identify.

Prevents Health Concerns

You might not know this, but if your furnace is not operating properly, it could be creating a potential health hazard for you and your family. For instance, if your furnace is dirty, you could be at risk for furnace fires, especially if the area around the pilot light is filled with dirt or dust. In addition, if your furnace is not operating properly, you could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. If you or your family members develop any of the following health problems, you should leave your home and have your furnace inspected as soon as possible. 

  • Unexplained headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

With winter just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your furnace. Be sure to have your furnace serviced before you fire it up this winter. For more information about furnace repairs and servicing, be sure to contact your plumber.


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