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Still Hot Outside? 3 Reasons To Schedule A Furnace Repair Service Now

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Why should you schedule furnace repairs before the winter weather sets in? The weather is still warm and sunny—and you're not even thinking about the H in your HVAC system. Even though the AC is on for most of the day, take a look at why your heater may need a tuneup or repair right now.

It Could Get Cold Outside—And Soon

The weather is warm right now. But this doesn't mean the temperature couldn't suddenly dip down to the level where you might need to turn on your heater. Avoid the possibility of a few cold nights spent under a mountain of blankets and schedule furnace repair services before the weather starts to change.

Your Warranty Could Expire

How many years of use does your furnace's warranty cover? If a component broke or you noticed damage last winter, it's possible your warranty could expire by the next cold season. Check your manufacturer's warranty for dates or service requirements as soon as possible. This can help you to avoid unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses.

Along with the expiration date, review your warranty for routine maintenance and care clauses. Some warranties are void if the owner fails to maintain the system properly. If your warranty requires routine post- or pre-season checkups or tune-ups, schedule this type of service call before the winter begins. 

Electricity or Another Fuel Suddenly Costs More

Does it seem like the cost of electricity, natural gas, or any other fuel your furnace uses will cost more this year? The cost of heating fuels rose sharply from 2021 to 2022. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity and natural gas prices rose 11 percent between the 2021 and 2022 heating seasons. The cost of heating oil also rose, by 40 percent, during this time. 

Reduce the impact of inflation on your home heating bill with a pre-season professional service. A trained technician can assess your home's energy usage and inspect the heating system. A dirty, worn, or damaged furnace can slow the system down and cost you unnecessarily in high home heating bills. Schedule repairs before you need to use the system. This can save energy and decrease your utility costs.

If the technician determines your system is worn past the point of repair or is old and extremely inefficient, they may suggest a replacement. Even though you might not use your furnace for a few months, now is the time to start shopping. The longer you have to compare furnaces, the better able you are to make an informed decision. You won't feel forced into buying whatever is left in stock or rushed into a purchase.