As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
After investing in your new gas furnace purchase and install, you are undoubtedly committed to ensuring this appliance stays in good shape throughout its expected lifespan. An appropriately sized and installed furnace should last at least 20 years with proper care. Without regular heating repair services, and proper component usage techniques, your furnace could take a turn for the worse without warning. Luckily, you can utilize the following suggestions to keep your furnace in great condition for years to come.
Select the Extended Warranty
Your furnace installer may offer an extended warranty that covers parts and service for up to 20 years. With the extended warranty, you pay for a yearly inspection and maintenance appointment. At this appointment, your heater technician looks for worn or damaged parts in need of immediate attention. If any problems are found, your technician will fix them on the spot without charging anything extra. By having the yearly service appointments performed, you prevent small problems from escalating and causing damage to vital components.
Schedule Regular Duct Cleaning
You can keep your furnace components free of damaging dust and debris by having your ducts cleaned out by a professional. The duct cleaning process also facilitates proper heat flow through the house to reduce stress on the furnace components. You should schedule this service right before your yearly furnace inspection appointment. Although duct cleaning professionals strive to remove all of the airborne debris, a small portion will end up trapped inside the furnace filter.
Keep the Thermostat Steady
Your furnace components slowly wear down each time the appliance kicks on to heat up the house. If you have the thermostat set too high, your furnace will work overtime trying to maintain that temperature. You can reduce stress on your furnace, and reduce your monthly energy bills, by keeping your furnace set at a steady 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, day and night. The steady temperature prevents rapid cycling of the heating system to reduce stress on your furnace.
Scheduling Heating Repair Services
The above tips will help protect your heating system components from excessive damage, which could otherwise reduce the life expectancy of your furnace. If you notice any heating issues, you may call your HVAC technician to come take a look. Quickly solving initial issues can prevent wear of vital components that are difficult or expensive to obtain. Furthermore, if you have the extended warranty, you may be obligated to call your technician whenever the furnace starts to act up.
Contact a business like McLaughlin Air Conditioning Co Inc. for more information on keeping your heating system running smoothly.Share
26 August 2015