Is Your Furnace Ready for an Upgrade?
Because our winters can be so unforgiving, we often find ourselves servicing or replacing a current furnace in the months leading up to the winter. We do sometimes have the occasional client who waited too long and, as a result, found themselves with an inhospitably cold home waiting for a tech to come and repair their furnace. We don't want anyone to find themselves in this situation. If you can identify any of these issues, it may be time to schedule an appointment to discuss your replacement options.
A furnace or heater gathers dust just like any other system that circulates air. The difference is that because it's heated air, it can sometimes burn the dust within the vents. This can lead to a foul odor permeating your home. It could also be a mechanical problem occurring before a major breakdown. One of our pro techs can get into your system and quickly identify and resolve the issue.
Increased Energy Costs
You're likely aware of the average amount you spend on utilities every month. If this amount suddenly goes up without any change in your usage habits, it could be due to an aging furnace that needs to work harder to reach the set temperature. While repairs may fix the issue, it is usually best to replace it outright due to the long-term savings benefits.
If your furnace is struggling to heat to the temperature you set, it could mean it is at the end of its life. Like any other aging system, it becomes more and more difficult to get the job done, so this is another situation where you would want to replace the furnace; not replacing it could lead to both issues mentioned above.
Any strange or abnormal sounds – such as grinding, banging, and scratching – are signs that your system isn't working as well as it should or that there is a loose mechanical component somewhere. This can lead to different complications, from the component being something important that is no longer in place to said component being lodged somewhere, causing further damage. Regardless, any abnormal sounds need an inspection to find the reason and fix the issue.
Any of these signs are likely to precede a larger problem that could be even more costly to fix. Depending on the problem, it's often better to upgrade to a newer system than to put money into one past its prime.
Older systems can be fixed and repaired, but it becomes more difficult and costly to fix them with each breakdown. If you notice any of these signs in your home, don't wait for an emergency or for a large repair operation to be necessary; give us a call to have preventive maintenance or a system check-up.
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Benefits of Routine Furnace Maintenance
When winter approaches, you want to be sure your heater or furnace can keep you warm and comfortable for the long months ahead. That's why experts recommend annual system maintenance and tune-ups. However, many residents ignore this necessary chore or put it off indefinitely. Here are some significant benefits you'll see with routine furnace upkeep.
Lower Utility Bills
Your furnace can lose up to 5% efficiency every year, which means it uses more energy to do its job and causes higher energy bills for you. Routine maintenance keeps your system running efficiently by measuring output, airflow, electrical connections, and other components to run at peak performance and keep your energy bills in line.
Extends System Lifespan
A furnace is an expensive investment, and it's wise to do everything possible to keep yours running for as long as possible to get your hard-earned money's worth. By replacing worn-out parts and cleaning the system, you ensure your furnace runs well for as long as possible.
Another advantage of seasonal inspection is that it allows you to identify minor issues that could escalate into significant problems costing hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix. A well-maintained machine experiences fewer problems, and there's less chance of a complete breakdown.
Most furnaces come with a manufacturer's warranty to protect you against catastrophic failure. However, most companies won't honor the warranty if you fail basic upkeep. Having detailed service records from a certified professional protects your warranty should you ever need to file a claim.
To ensure your system lasts and runs efficiently as long as possible, call Lascko Services and ask about our maintenance service.
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