Annual Maintenance of Your Furnace – A Good Idea

September 8, 2017


Before old man winter knocks on your door, your furnace should have a checkup. Though many homeowners try to service their HVAC equipment themselves, there are many reasons why you should call a professional HVAC company to conduct an annual furnace inspection. A furnace technician has been specially trained to service or repair furnaces. So why not let them do it?

A trained heating contractor can check your furnace and make any repairs that may be needed. Yearly maintenance can keep your HVAC system working at peak efficiency by identifying problems before they become costly and lead to failure. Regular maintenance also helps to extend the life of your system.

7 Reasons for Annual Furnace Maintenance


The furnace system controls the temperature and moves the air throughout your home to keep it comfortable while also filtering out dust and allergens. If you fail to properly maintain this important piece of equipment, you could not only be damaging your furnace but you could be causing health related problems for you and your family.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a natural byproduct of incomplete combustion and a qualified HVAC technician can perform a safety test to make sure none of it is leaking from your gas furnace. Virtually all gas furnaces produce a small amount of carbon monoxide which should be harmlessly vented to the outside of your home. If your furnace experiences any type of small crack, there is a much higher chance of gas omissions occurring that can be harmful. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death.

Prevent No Heat Situations

Some experts believe that nearly 75% of “no heat” situations occur due to a lack of proper maintenance on the heating system. Having your furnace or heating system checked prior to winter will save you from being without heat when you need it most. No one wants to be without heat during a cold Illinois winter! Plus, emergency furnace repair can be a frustrating and costly experience!

One of the most common causes of furnaces failing is the buildup of dirt and dust. A dirty furnace can restrict airflow, force the fan motor to be over-worked, waste fuel and decrease the furnace’s efficiency. Having a yearly furnace tune up will decrease the chance of dirt and dust buildup, allowing your furnace to operate at peak performance throughout the cold, winter months.

Keep Manufacturer Warranty Valid

Manufacturers require proper product service and maintenance to keep warranties active and valid. Not having your furnace maintained regularly by a licensed professional HVAC contractor might void the manufacturer’s warranty. Most HVAC contractors will leave you with a checklist of items inspected and serviced that you can keep in your records. You do not want to lose your warranty due to a lack of proper maintenance!

Energy Savings

High efficiency furnaces can save you money on your energy bills; however, poorly maintained systems will need to work harder and can use more energy to run or even create energy spikes. Having a professional HVAC contractor conduct a diagnostic check and  tune up will ensure your furnace or heating system will be working at peak efficiency. Even the smallest increase in efficiency will help save energy and you will notice the savings on your energy bill.

Provides Proper Airflow

A furnace tune up will ensure your furnace is providing the proper airflow needed to efficiently distribute heat throughout your home. Without adequate airflow, your heating system will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature levels. This increased strain on your heating system can lead to higher energy usage or even a break down when you need heat the most. A simple check of your heating system can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Increases the Life of Your System

An efficiently operating furnace or heating system will last longer than one that continuously needs to work harder. Ensuring that your heating equipment is in top condition will save you time and money, as you will not have as many repairs and you will be able to keep it much longer. Replacing your furnace or heating system can be a costly expense. A scheduled tune up of your furnace or heating system will extend the life of your HVAC system.

Filter Checks & Replacement

During a furnace tune up, filters will be checked and cleaned, or replaced. Filters should actually be checked and replaced more than once a year. Most air filters should be cleaned or replaced monthly, though some higher grade filters can last longer. Clean filters keep your HVAC system free of dirt, dust, and allergens. Not only do clean air filters help keep your heating system running more efficiently, they also help provide a healthier environment for your family by preventing many harmful pollutants and particles from entering your home.

Component Checks

Experienced technicians will check your entire heating system and correct any issues they find that may cause heating problems. Whether cleaning parts and components, looking for ways to improve air flow, checking the vents and ductwork for leaks, locating loose components or worn parts, a knowledgeable heating contractor will leave you with a furnace or heating system working at peak efficiency.

A furnace tune up should include a wire check that will help ensure your safety. The smallest amount of corrosion can lead to major damages to your HVAC system. Loose or exposed wires are also a fire hazard.

Another major item that should be included in a furnace tune is blower maintenance. The blower access door seal should be checked to ensure it is properly sealed. Since the blower helps keep the heated air flowing properly, any type of dirt or debris in the blower wheel can cause problems and should be cleaned to maximize efficiency levels. Having a blower fail can be a costly expense and an annual maintenance check can help prevent failure due to dirt or debris.

Call Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning for Furnace Maintenance

Having a professional heating contractor perform a comprehensive diagnostic check to ensure your furnace is operating safely, efficiently and to the manufacturer’s specifications is not only a smart move to ensure your home’s comfort, it can save you money in the long run, too. With preventative maintenance, the technician may detect and repair a problem before your furnace quits in the middle of a cold, snowy night. Needing emergency service during after hours can be very frustrating and stressful, while also being costly. Annual furnace maintenance can keep your HVAC system running in an efficient manner preventing system failure, saving you from costly repairs and increasing the safety of your home.

Now is the time to schedule an appointment for your furnace maintenance with Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide heating and furnace repair in Champaign, Bloomington and Peoria, as well as all surrounding cities.