There’s no guarantee that your furnace won’t act up this winter, but with the cold weather on its way, there are definitely some things you can do to help prevent the need for costly repairs.
Tips for Avoiding Furnace Repairs
Invest in the right equipment
The easiest way to avoid costly furnace repairs is to invest in a high-quality, high-efficiency furnace. Of course if you bought your home with a working furnace you don’t necessarily have this option. However, if you are replacing your furnace now or in the future, consider quality over cost. Investing in the right piece of equipment, and having it professionally installed by a company you trust, will help to minimize costly repairs down the road.
Much like a car, your HVAC system should be checked and tuned-up regularly by a professional. There are many benefits to HVAC maintenance including lower energy bills, greater comfort and increased safety. However, arguably one of the most important benefits is the need for fewer repairs. By scheduling regular maintenance appointments, a technician is able to detect and diagnose problems before they get too bad (and costly).
Change the filters
Dirty or clogged filters are one of the most commonly found issues with HVAC systems. Not only can old filters cause major breakdowns, they can also lead to poor air quality and health issues. Luckily, this is an easy problem to diagnose and fix. Just remember to check and change your filters regularly. Though all filters aren’t the same, as a rule of thumb check your filter monthly for debris buildup and change it every three months.
Don’t ignore the warning signs
If your furnace is on its way out, don’t ignore the warning signs. If you notice strange noises or odors, contact a professional right away. If you catch the problem early enough and your furnace isn’t too old, you may be able to save on the repair costs. Better yet, you may be able to repair instead of having to replace the entire unit.