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Can Furnace Repairs Be Prevented?

male technician working on the inside of a furnaceWe would imagine that in the middle of winter, the last thing you want to do is waste time scheduling repairs for your furnace system. You may be surprised to learn that a large portion of the furnace problems we see during the heating season are actually preventable. Furnace issues are understandably frustrating, and in some cases if they’re ignored they can even be dangerous. We want to help you prevent the most serious of Spokane Valley, WA furnace repair services (although, we are the team to call when you need them!)

We can’t go any further without first mentioning the benefit of preventive heating maintenance—it is essential to prolonging the lifespan of your furnace, lowering your heating bills, and possibly preventing repair needs altogether. Keep reading for our tips on how to prevent your furnace from breaking down or performing poorly.

Replace Your Air Filter

The first tip we have for you to care for your heater and potentially prevent repairs is a relatively simple one—replace your clogged and dirty air filter! This is actually one of the easiest self-maintenance tasks you can complete.

Your furnace sucks in air from the home before it can heat the air and move it throughout your air ducts. And the air filter ensures that the air coming through is clean, so that it doesn’t negatively impact the inside components of your furnace.

When the filter is too clogged, however, it cannot do its job as it should. Rather, it actuall restricts air from flowing through to the filter, and that can make your furnace suffer. The lack of airflow leads to poor heating efficiency and subsequently higher bills, home discomfort, and a greater chance that you’ll need untimely repairs.

Stay On Top of Maintenance

As we mentioned above, scheduling regular maintenance is essential to keeping your furnace in good shape. It’s typically best to schedule this service before the heating season begins, so that you don’t have a disruption in service. But so long as you are scheduling your furnace maintenance once a year, you are doing your due diligence.

Furnace maintenance consists of a thorough inspection, along with an adjustment to get the components running as smoothly as possible. It’s during this maintenance appointment that our professionals will make recommendations for any small repair needs that exist, giving you plenty of time to schedule them at your leisure.

Don’t Delay Your Furnace Needs

Finally, the way to prevent the largest of furnace repair needs is to tackle the small repairs as soon as possible. If you notice something wrong with your furnace, or are warned of a small issue during your maintenance appointment, then call us right away. Signs of an issue include odd noises coming from the heater, poor heating ability, and trouble starting up the equipment. Remember, the longer you run your heating system when it has any sort of operating issue, the worse that issue can become, quickly.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice and expert heating services.

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