Why Preventative Furnace Maintenance Matters

October 12, 2016

You remember to take your car in for maintenance every 3000-5000 miles. You remember to get your physical every year. So why wouldn’t you remember to get your routine HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) maintenance in Birmingham each season?

You may believe that if the air conditioner kept you cool all throughout last summer, or you didn’t encounter any issues with your furnace last winter, that it’s not necessary to have an expert come out and do an inspection. But that’s where you can have malfunctions.

Taking your car in regularly helps confirm everything is operating correctly so you aren’t in the middle of a 300 mile trip when your car suddenly breaks down. Going to see the doctor annually helps keep you healthy and finds issues early, like heart ailments or cancer.

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

“Think about if only 20% of people who owned vehicles had them maintained regularly. There would be a good amount of broken-down vehicles. An HVAC system can run nearly 2,000 hours per year, and if you imagine it’s running at the equivalent of 30 miles per hour, that concludes that you put 60,000 miles per year on your furnace in between maintenance.”

Smith goes on to explain the process mirrors car maintenance. “Just as a car mechanic would explain to the owner that their vehicle needs regular tune-ups and oil changes. There is no difference. Mechanical products need maintenance or they will stop working and have decreased 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 real matter is it needs maintenance now, and each year prior to the peak heating and peak cooling season. Norrell Service Experts’s fall promotion is taking place right now and you can save on a Fall Precision tune-ups by calling 205-267-0023 today.

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