Why Preventative Furnace Maintenance Matters

October 12, 2016

You have your car serviced every 3000-5000 miles. You visit your doctor for a physical every year. So why wouldn’t you always get your routine HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) maintenance in Charlotte each season?

You may feel that if the air conditioner kept you cool all last summer, or you didn’t encounter any mishaps with your furnace last winter, that you can skip having a technician come out and do an inspection. But that’s where you can have problems.

Taking your car to the mechanic helps make sure everything is functioning properly so you aren’t halfway into a 300 mile trip when your car unexpectedly breaks down. Visiting the doctor each year helps keep yourself healthy and finds issues early, like heart disease or cancer.

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

“Think about if only 20 percent of people who owned vehicles received maintenance on them. There would be a ton of malfunctioning vehicles. A heating and cooling system can run about 2,000 hours per year, and if you assume it’s operating at the equivalent of 30 miles per hour, that would mean you put 60,000 miles yearly on your furnace in between maintenance.”

Smith says the process is similar to vehicle maintenance. “Just as a vehicle mechanic would bring the need for oil changes and routine tune-ups to the owner’s attention. There is no difference. Mechanical devices need maintenance or they will break down and have smaller lifespans.”

So just because your heating and air conditioning equipment was working well last season doesn’t mean it can skip its yearly tune-up. The bottom line is it needs maintenance now, and yearly prior to the peak heating and peak cooling season. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning’s fall promotion is taking place right now and you can save on a seasonal Precision tune-ups by calling 704-464-4307 today.

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