Take a look outside, and chances are that you will see really hot weather. In fact, it’s more than likely that your AC is running while you’re reading this article. And it makes sense – it’s still summer. So why are we talking about your furnace now?
Well, there are a few reasons why thinking ahead and having your furnace checked up now makes more sense than it initially seems. HVAC experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar were kind enough to share their reasoning why people who inspect their furnaces ahead of time are ahead of the game in the long run.
Table of Contents
There’s No Line
One of the best things about being an early bird is that you can get your metaphorical worm without competition. In the case of furnace inspections, the lack of competition means that you will not have to wait in line for the technician to have an opening in their schedule.
Performing a simple routine inspection is not a particularly long job, so getting a tech to come and inspect the furnace should be a breeze. What’s more important, though, is that they will have the time to help you if there is a problem with your furnace. Instead of waiting for a tech to have several hours, or even days to dedicate to your faulty furnace, you can have them perform the task right then and there – with no wait.
Supply and Demand
If you know the first thing about the open market, it’s that the supply and demand dictate the prices. If a technician is really sought-after, his time can become more valuable, so an inspection in late fall, early winter can be a bit more expensive than out of season. The same thing applies to the furnace parts if they need to be replaced.
It’s an added benefit that you will have plenty of warning time that something is a problem – well ahead of time you will actually need to use the furnace. This gives you plenty of time to come up with the money needed for repairs (or a new furnace if the problem is more serious) without breaking the bank out of hand.
Pick Your Time
Another big and important advantage of having your furnace inspected out of the high season is that you will be able to pick the time and date much more freely than during the peak season. This is especially helpful to households where all of the adults work, meaning they’re not available for a large portion of the day during the week.
That can be a real problem, synching your schedules with those of HVAC technicians. However, out of season, your chosen HVAC technician will have more calendar openings, so your appointment can be tailored to your needs.
Is Your Furnace Old or Finicky?
Most people will not think to check their furnaces this early in the season, especially in the warmer parts of the country. However, if your furnace is older than 10 years, you may need to think ahead. The wear and tear of the machinery don’t affect all parts equally, so it’s possible that some part of your furnace may need replacing, and as mentioned above, it’s better not to wait for the high season for that.
Similarly, if your furnace has given you trouble before, having it inspected is paramount – the last thing you want is to be left without heating in the middle of a cold winter.
Scheduling a yearly inspection for your furnace (and your AC device) is a small expense, but can save you a lot of money and unpleasantness down the line.