Why Preventative Furnace Maintenance Matters

October 12, 2016

You remember to take your car in for maintenance every 3000-5000 miles. You pay a visit to your doctor every year. So why wouldn’t you remember to get your routine heating and cooling maintenance in Waldorf each season?

You may think that if the air conditioner kept you cool all through the previous summer, or you didn’t encounter any issues with your furnace last winter, that it’s not necessary to have someone come out and do an inspection. But that’s where you can run into malfunctions.

Routinely taking your car in helps make sure everything is functioning properly so you aren’t in the middle of a 400 mile trip when your car unexpectedly breaks down. Visiting the doctor regularly helps keep yourself healthy and finds issues early, like heart disease or cancer.

It’s very similar with heating and air conditioning maintenance. Travis Smith, owner of Sky Heating & Air Conditioning in Portland, Oregon, explained it very simply.

“Assume if only 20% of people who owned vehicles received maintenance on them. There would be a good amount of broken vehicles. An HVAC system can run around 2,000 hours annually, and if you assume it’s operating at the equivalent of 30 miles per hour, that means you put 60,000 miles yearly on your furnace in between maintenance.”

Smith also notes that the process mirrors car maintenance. “Just as a vehicle mechanic would bring to any auto owner’s attention that it needs oil changes and regular tune-ups. There is no difference. Machines need maintenance or they will break down and have shorter lifespans.”

So just because your system was working well last season doesn’t mean it can skip its yearly tune-up. The truth is it needs maintenance now, and each year prior to the peak heating and peak cooling season. A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning’s fall promotion is going on now and you can save on a Fall Precision tune-ups by calling 301-747-3140 today.

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