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How to Keep Your Furnace in Good Condition

gas-burnerEven in Florida, heating systems are put under a fair amount of stress during the winter. If you are using a furnace to keep your home warm during the chillier days over the next few months, then you should take a couple of measures to make sure your system doesn’t fall prey to any of the common issues that can afflict a furnace. Read on to find out how to make as certain as possible that your furnace stays in top shape this winter.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

A lot of furnace problems that develop start small and subtle, lurking in the depths of the system, waiting for a period of added stress to bring them out and increase their impact. For example, the added use that is typical during the coldest months of the year. If you want to prevent as much damage to your furnace as possible, you should endeavor to have issues repaired before they have the chance to get any worse, and that means scheduling preventive maintenance.

Furnaces that receive preventive maintenance are up to 90% less likely to develop serious issues in the future, but that’s not the only benefit they gain. They also are up to 40% more energy efficient than systems that don’t receive regular maintenance. If you schedule preventive maintenance often enough, you can save money on both repair and operating costs over the life of the system. You need to make sure that you schedule it consistently, however, if you want to get those benefits. Make sure you have a professional examine your system at least once every year, preferably during the fall season.

Call for Repairs if You Feel You Need To

Preventive maintenance is great, but it’s not a cure for everything. If you own your furnace long enough, you will almost certainly have to deal with some sort of malfunction between maintenance appointments. If and when that happens, it’s important that you not wait until the next maintenance appointment to do something about it. The best thing you can do for the health of your furnace is to call for repairs as soon as you possibly can.

There are a lot of different signs and symptoms that could indicate a malfunction. As we mentioned above, waiting for these to show up is not the best way to keep a furnace healthy. If a problem sneaks up on you, however, you should be able to identify it as soon as possible so you can make sure to call for repairs. Falling heating output is a common sign that the furnace is experiencing some kind of problem, as is the presence of strange sounds during operation. Ultimately, if you’re not sure whether or not your furnace is experiencing a problem, the best thing you can do is call for a professional to take a look at it.

Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers a full range of furnace repair and maintenance services in Port St. Lucie, FL. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating technicians.

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