When it comes to seasonal maintenance, there are a lot of tasks homeowners need to keep in mind as the winter months approach. For example, installing snow tires and new windshield wipers on your car before the first snowfall can make a huge difference in the safety of you and your family as well as the health of the car itself throughout winter and beyond.

Most homeowners don’t think to include their heat pump in their list of winter maintenance tasks. However, your furnace needs just as much care and attention as your other appliances in order to function properly throughout the coldest months of the year, particularly because your furnace will be the primary reason that your family is able to stay warm and comfortable this season.

Furnace Tune-up, Furnace Repair, and Furnace Replacement: Why Should I Get My HVAC System Serviced Before Winter?

A common mistake that HVAC owners make is neglecting to have the heat pump serviced before winter because their AC has been working fine throughout the warmer months. Even if this is the case, an HVAC professional can make sure that your furnace is up to the task of the winter chill. Here are the top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to set up an appointment for a heat pump check this fall:

  1. Your equipment will last longer. Just like a car will run smoother and longer when it receives regular oil changes and tune-ups, your furnace will last for years longer than it would have if you make sure to prioritize regular furnace repair. There are many moving parts within furnaces that can break, rust, or jam, leading to not only decreased functionality of the machine but also a reduced lifespan due to excessive friction within.

If the increased functionality of your machine and an elongated lifespan isn’t enough evidence to convince you that regular furnace repair is necessary and advised, think about how much trouble a furnace replacement would cause. You would potentially be without AC or heat for at least a day or two, which could feel like much longer if the weather is too hot or too cold. Plus, new HVAC machines can be costly, and the furnace installation process can be a hassle depending on the area in which you keep your HVAC system and whether or not the area needs to be specially outfitted for a new system and its specific needs.

New furnace installation can often be a positive change in a household if the previous system was truly faulty or just too old. However, wouldn’t you want to delay that process as long as possible by keeping the furnace you have healthy and maintained? Regular furnace repair is the best way to make the most of the system you have before it’s time for a new one.

  1. Any furnace repair you may need will be drastically less expensive. 

Often, homeowners will neglect seemingly inconsequential home appliance repairs and tune-ups such as HVAC repair because they want to save money. However, this can be a big mistake and actually end up costing more in the long run.

During HVAC repair and tune-up, a specialist with a trained eye can find any small issues within your system that would have grown to much larger, more significant issues if left unfixed. This means that your furnace repair is much smoother and much less expensive than it would be if your HVAC expert needed to perform a large-scale repair or part replacement.

Even if your HVAC specialist doesn’t find any specific issues or need for repair during your tune-up appointment, preventative maintenance can nearly ensure that you won’t have any expensive repairs to worry about—as long as you prioritize annual or even biannual HVAC tune-up appointments, that is. Make sure to check the warranty on your HVAC system as you may be required to have regular maintenance performed in order to keep your warranty valid.

  1. Your home will be more comfortable—and safer, too. When your HVAC system is working as it should, your home will be able to maintain your family’s ideal temperatures during both the winter and summer months with ease. Depending on the severity of the climate in your area, a properly functioning furnace and AC can be the difference between a manageable season and extreme discomfort, particularly in the winter months.

Though keeping your home at a comfortable temperature no matter the season is incredibly important, a malfunctioning heat pump can be responsible for excessive carbon monoxide emissions, putting your home at risk of an HVAC-related fire. CO is an odorless gas, so if your carbon monoxide detector is also malfunctioning or you don’t even have one, you may not know that anything was amiss until disaster strikes. Regular heat pump maintenance as well as replacing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector regularly are crucial to keep your family safe during the winter when your heat pump is working its hardest.

  1. You’ll enjoy better air quality in your home. Though the HVAC system is responsible for a majority of the airflow within a home, most homeowners and families don’t consider the influence that the health of the AC and heat pump have on the air they breathe daily. If you or your family members are experiencing excessive allergy-like symptoms or even experiencing exacerbated symptoms of preexisting lung conditions like asthma, your HVAC system may be to blame.

Regular HVAC repair will ensure that the air flowing throughout your home is healthy and clean with the installation of new filters. Ask your HVAC expert during your next AC or furnace tune-up how you can regularly clean and change your filters yourself in order to improve the quality of air in your home even more.

  1. You’ll save money on energy costs. One thing nearly all homeowners can agree on is the desire to save money. However, if you’re neglecting regular furnace repair, you may be paying much more than you need to in order to heat your home comfortable during the winter.

When furnaces have a dirty filter or some other part isn’t working as it should, the system will have to work excessively hard in order to achieve the temperature set by your thermostat. Therefore, your energy bills will skyrocket even if you’re not technically using the heat pump any more often than you normally would. An annual or biannual furnace tune-up will ensure that your furnace is functioning normally and smoothly, bringing your energy costs back down to a normal range. Plus, filter changes between furnace repair appointments will improve the functionality of your HVAC system, even more, saving you money and headaches in the long run.

Your Go-To for HVAC Repair

At Castle Home Comfort Heating & Cooling, our number one goal is to keep your family safe and comfortable this winter. We know how much discomfort and inconvenience a malfunctioning heat pump can cause once the cold weather starts to set in, and we’re here to help with any furnace repair or furnace installation you may need this season.

With over 40 years of experience repairing and tuning up nearly every heating and cooling model on the market, you can trust that your HVAC system is in good hands with Castle Home Comfort Heating & Cooling. Plus, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee from the moment you call our line to the moment we leave your home after a job well done. Don’t entrust the safety and comfort of your home this winter to just anyone-call Castle Home Comfort Heating & Cooling today.