Maintenance agreements can save you a lot of time and stress down the line if you find the right one.
You might be wondering: why would I want to spend more on maintenance agreements when I’ve already paid so much for my new furnace? But the answer is right there in the question! You’ve spent so much on the furnace that it makes sense to do whatever you can to take good care of it. There are many things you can do yourself to maintain your furnace, but a maintenance agreement can be the most important step of all. Not all plans are equal, however, so read on to learn more.
What Kind of Maintenance Can I Do on My Own?
When it comes to the upkeep of your furnace, a professional will always be your best bet. At the same time, there are certain tasks you can do to maintain the unit, assuming you know what you’re doing. And whatever you do, always make sure you’re staying safe by shutting off everything before getting started. Here are some other steps you can take:
- Replace the filters: Your furnace’s filter system traps dirt and dust, which can build up in large amounts over time. Check the filter, and if it looks like it’s blocked up with debris, it is time to replace it.
- Make sure the blower is clean: Whatever the filter doesn’t stop reaches the blower, which can become quite dirty if left untreated. To access it, you’ll need to take out the panels covering the filter. Once you’re in, you can clean the blower with a damp cloth.
- Confirm the thermostat is working: Thermostats can stop working without warning, especially older models. If you’ve been setting the device and still feeling uncomfortable, it could be malfunctioning. Check it, and if it’s not in working condition anymore, you’ll need to replace it.
- Clean out the vents: If you have a gas furnace, there will be a ventilation system that will require inspection. Dirt and dust can build up, and if the vents get blocked, severe safety hazards could result. You can use a brush or a vacuum (or both) to clean the vents once you remove the cover.
Is a Maintenance Agreement Worth It?
There are some tasks, like looking for a gas leak or performing a fan inspection, which are best handled by professionals. But you still might be wary of spending the money on a maintenance plan. In many cases they can prove to be well worth the price, particularly if you get the right kind of plan for your needs. Regular maintenance can help you stay efficient, while potentially identifying issues before they can become larger problems down the road.
Some plans cost more than the repairs themselves, but there are more reasonable options out there. To learn about maintenance agreements and how to pick the right one for your needs, contact our team at Air Treatment, Inc. today.