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How Can I Prevent a Furnace Breakdown This Winter?

Learn the importance of heating system maintenance agreements for the colder months.

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Heating system maintenance should be performed on a regular basis, and a solid maintenance agreement will ensure it stays in optimal working condition year round. If you live in an area where temperatures can drop into the frigid cold temperatures overnight, you don't want to wake up with a dead or dying furnace. You can prevent this worst case scenario by ensuring your furnace is in good condition with a professional maintenance agreement.

Simple Home Heating Maintenance

Extending the life of your furnace doesn't take as much effort as you might think, and these simple steps can help your furnace operate more efficiently. Identifying what you can do yourself and what is required by a professional contractor will help you plan for and address your needs for the proper maintenance of your HVAC system.

One of the easiest maintenance functions you can perform yourself is replacing the filter. Filters should be replaced at least every month. Also, you should keep the area around your outside unit free of debris. Keep the area mowed, clear of weeds, vines, and leaves in the fall. Fragments like this can reduce its efficiency. It's always good to have certain steps you can take on your own to keep your furnace running smoothly, but even with the best DIY care, there are times when professional maintenance is required.

Professional System Maintenance

The most effective way to keep your furnace in optimal working order is by setting up a professional maintenance agreement. Early diagnosis of system issues through this agreement will help you to address these issues before they become a problem, preventing mid-winter breakdown. With a maintenance agreement, an expert technician will be there to catch any minor problems before they become major ones.

Even if you think there is nothing wrong with your furnace, the air ducts in your home have probably gotten dusty and dirty. A professional cleaning of the air ducts can eliminate airborne contaminants and help improve energy efficiency in your home.

You may be surprised to know poor or inconsistent maintenance are among the top reasons for premature HVAC system replacements. Dirty or failing components can negatively affect the life span of your furnace by causing damage that may eventually lead to earlier replacement.

But when you have a professional maintenance agreement, you will be able to catch any problems early, thus prolonging the life of your furnace and increasing its efficiency.

While basic maintenance and cleaning can't undo the wear of time on an older unit, it can help keep a younger furnace from breaking down unexpectedly in the cold winter months. To learn more about your options for a professional maintenance agreement, contact the experts at Morelli Heating and Conditioning.

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