What Happens If You Skip A Furnace Tune-Up?
Annual HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money and Protect Your Home
With prices surging on everything from unleaded gas to paper towels, many people are looking for ways to cut excess costs this year. In this financially strained environment, some homeowners are thinking of skipping their furnace’s annual tune-up.
At Frank Lamparelli, we understand how stretched our South Shore customers’ budgets are, but skipping your yearly maintenance is not a good idea. When you ignore routine maintenance of your heating systems, it can have unpleasant repercussions. Those range from higher fuel costs to potential safety issues and breakdowns. Here are the risks you take if you skip your furnace tune-up.
Sub-Standard Heating Performance
After a year of service, your furnace likely has some standard issues that could impede its performance. These can include:
- Dirty or clogged filters
- Deposits in your equipment
- Worn or poorly calibrated components
For the most part, these issues can be handled easily with routine maintenance. But if you leave them unattended, they can place strain on your heating system. Lingering debris in your furnace will cycle into your living space and reduce indoor air quality. In the worst cases, this can lead to an accumulation of fumes, causing a safety hazard in your home.
Increasing Home Energy Costs
When you get a furnace tune-up from a professional service technician, you can be assured that your equipment runs at peak efficiency. Energy-efficient furnaces don’t need as much fuel to heat your home. Even something as simple as cleaning or replacing your air filter can improve the flow of warm air and save you money.
The cost of your tune-up may be offset quickly by the energy savings you’ll see!
Costly Furnace Repairs and Replacements
In addition to cleaning and recalibrating your equipment, your service technician keeps an eye out for small issues that are developing. These might be low-labor, low-cost fixes during your tune-up, but if you leave them unattended, they can lead to a system breakdown and a pricy repair. Better to take care of them with your annual maintenance visit!
And each breakdown in your furnace will reduce its overall life expectancy. Getting a yearly tune-up better defers a furnace replacement—which could cost you thousands of dollars to replace.
Finally, if you skip your annual furnace tune-up, your manufacturer’s warranty might be voided. Annual maintenance is typically a provision of your warranty. If your furnace breaks down after you skipped your tune-up, you might be on the hook for the full repair cost.
Is your furnace covered by our Premium Heat Protection Plan? If so, then your tune-up is already paid for! All you need to do is schedule it. Contact us now to arrange service or to learn more about our available protection plans today.