Most Las Vegas homeowners have heard that it is recommended they check their furnaces every year. Unfortunately, only some people take this recommendation as seriously as they should.
Homeowners who may have allowed their furnace to go a year or two without maintenance might appreciate understanding why a regular furnace tune-up and maintenance are necessary. If a homeowner waits too long to have routine maintenance done, they may spend a ton of money out-of-pocket on costly repairs that could have been avoided.
Reduce Your Energy Bill
It is surprising for many people to learn that their furnaces can represent a significant percentage of their energy bill, especially during cooler Nevada winters. The silver lining is that regular furnace maintenance may drastically reduce their energy bill.
The better maintained a furnace is, the more energy efficient it is likely to run and the less energy it is likely to use. When maintenance is coupled with the use of a smart thermostat or a programmable thermostat, homeowners are on the path to making winter heating a lot more affordable.
Simple things like having filters inspected and changed may increase savings. When furnace filters are clean, it makes it easier for the furnace to keep the home at the desired temperature without increasing energy expenses.
Minimize Breakdowns and Repairs
The best way to guarantee a frustrating winter night is to come home to an unexpected furnace breakdown. In addition to the repair cost, you must deal with the discomfort of being in a cold home. Routine maintenance may help minimize the repairs needed on your HVAC system, keeping it working at its best.
You should schedule furnace maintenance before it gets cold enough to turn the furnace on. This way, you know it is working at its best during the upcoming season. Regular maintenance could help you avoid:
- Furnace water leaks
- Furnace-related carbon monoxide leaks
- Furnace shut offs
- A furnace that blows cold air
Extend the Life of Your Furnace
At Simply Cooling, Heating, and Plumbing, we have seen that regular preventative maintenance is usually the primary determinant of how long a furnace will last. During HVAC maintenance, our technicians will thoroughly inspect and clean your furnace from top to bottom. When a furnace is clean, it runs more efficiently and can improve indoor air quality, making your home healthier.
During scheduled maintenance, our technicians will review all of the elements of your furnace, paying particular attention to areas that are typically problematic as a furnace ages. When the inspection is done, you will know exactly where your furnace stands, and we may be able to recommend small fixes to help extend the lifespan of your furnace.
Keep the Air You Breathe Clean
Regular furnace maintenance can help to maintain your home’s indoor air quality. A well-maintained furnace has clean air filters that effectively trap particles that could make their way into your home’s air supply.
As your furnace works throughout the winter, dirt, and debris can start to accumulate in different areas in the furnace. If these areas are not cleaned, these particulates could be distributed throughout your home and could be incredibly damaging to individuals with asthma or those who are dealing with allergies.
As dirt and debris build up in the furnace, it has to work harder to keep your home warm. This is not good for the unit. A poorly maintained furnace has more difficulty removing contaminants from the home’s air. During maintenance, technicians remove all debris, dust, mold, mildew, and other pollutants that could negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.
Minimize Safety Hazards
Although modern gas furnaces are incredibly safe, they produce heat by burning flammable fuel. If the combustion process is inefficient, it could endanger the life of the home’s inhabitants.
It might only take a minor problem in your heating and cooling system to cause a gas leak. A poorly maintained furnace increases the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. Detecting carbon monoxide is challenging because it is odorless and colorless. If a person is exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, they might experience nausea and headaches. In some cases, it can lead to death.
Regularly scheduling furnace maintenance can help detect and prevent potential safety risks before they cause harm. Knowing that your unit is functioning optimally and everything is up to spec gives you peace of mind.
A Furnace That Runs Efficiently
When you heat your home, you want the warmth spread evenly everywhere. Having cold spots can be frustrating. The way to accomplish this goal is by having a well-maintained furnace. During maintenance, your unit is cleaned and calibrated to provide optimal performance. This will affect your furnace’s overall airflow and temperature detection, leading to consistent heating.
Keep Your Manufacturer’s Warranty Valid
Most furnaces have a 10-year warranty. Regular service will help you keep that warranty valid. If you need to use your manufacturer’s warranty, you may be asked to produce service records to prove that you have done your part to maintain it well over the years. If you cannot present this documentation or proof that you had regular maintenance done, you might be unable to take advantage of the warranty.
Get a Detailed Evaluation of All Your Furnace’s Working Parts
During annual maintenance, technicians will check your thermostat calibration. This ensures that the heating cycles on your furnace work correctly and that your furnace can maintain proper room temperature.
A thorough cleaning and adjusting of the burner assembly ensures the safe and efficient operation of the furnace. When the ignition assembly is cleaned and inspected, you know that your furnace will operate more efficiently.
A key aspect of annual maintenance is examining the heat exchangers and checking them for corrosion or damage. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to a carbon monoxide leak.
Essential furnace maintenance involves cleaning and adjusting blower components, measuring for correct airflow, and cleaning and inspecting air filters. The tightening of electrical components minimizes the chance of future breakdowns. The voltage and amperage of the unit are measured to ensure safe operation.
With the goal of ensuring maximum warmth, the temperature difference between the air return and the supply is measured. Technicians will check and, if needed, adjust the gas pressure to reduce unnecessary gas consumption while maximizing heating capacity. Your home’s heating system works hard during the winter months in Nevada. Regular maintenance leads to fewer repairs, improved safety, lower utility bills, and less fuel used.
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At Simply Cooling, Heating, and Plumbing, we proudly offer fast, friendly, and 24/7 emergency services. We are committed to 100% customer satisfaction. We remove the need for shopping around for separate HVAC and plumbing contractors. We cover all your bases.
Our services include HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair. We install and repair ductwork and install smart thermostats. We proudly offer indoor air quality testing and general plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair. Contact Simply Cooling, Heating, and Plumbing today and see for yourself what it is like to work with a company that is committed to providing outstanding service from day one.