How to Maintain Your Furnace and Avoid Expensive Repairs

Like many important things in your life, furnace repair gets little attention until something goes wrong. Here are a few ways you can help keep it in good working order and prevent the need for major repairs.

Your furnace is one of those things that is super important, but that you never think about until something goes wrong with it. And when something does go wrong, boy do you ever notice. There’s nothing quite like having to take an icy cold shower in the middle of the winter, or waking up in the middle of the night shivering under your blankets. Some broken fixtures can be endured for a little while, but not this. You’ll want to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. Finding a good furnace repair company and keeping them on speed dial in the winter is not a bad idea, especially if you live in an old house.

Of course the ideal situation is to catch a problem with your furnace before it needs repair so that you don’t get to the living in an icebox stage of the game. You can do this by educating yourself a little bit about your particular furnace. Contact the manufacturer or see if you can get information about it online. Get a good idea of how things should look and then perform a visual check a couple of times a year. If anything looks off, call in a professional to take a look. 

Prevention is the best medicine, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re taking care of things. Find out how many times a year you are supposed to change the air filter on your model and make sure to do it. If you’re not the type to remember things, then write it down on your calendar. Make keeping your heating system in excellent working condition a priority.

If you don’t trust yourself to know what you’re looking at or doing, then go ahead and schedule a maintenance visit once a year just to have things looked at and make sure you’re not on your way to any serious problems. You can also hire professionals to come and change the filter for you if you’re not comfortable doing that. It’ll cost you a little, but ultimately doing this kind of preventative maintenance will be a lot less expensive than having to pay for furnace repair when something goes wrong.

One benefit of having professionals come in and help you maintain your system is that it will enable you to find a maintenance company that you trust and can rely on. This way, if you are unlucky enough to find yourself with a problem that needs fixing fast, you’ll already have a relationship with the people who are in a position to come and take care of it for you.

With all of the things you need to manage in your life, there’s a good chance that furnace repair and maintenance are pretty low on your list of priorities. That’s assuming that they make it onto the list at all. Do yourself a favor and make sure that it is

, because you don’t want the first thought you ever have about your furnace to be that it has stopped working completely.