Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Yearly Check-Up

One question that is often asked by our customers is, “Why should I get my heating system checked before cold weather arrives?” As we approach the official end of summer, we thought that this would be a great question to tackle for you all.

As consumers, it seems as if we have a never ending list of things that we “should” do. We should go to the dentist every six months, we should get an oil change every 6,000 miles, and we should re-finish the deck every two years. But with the many items requiring our attention, how are we supposed to know what really needs maintained and how often we need to maintain it?

All furnace manufacturers recommend annual inspections and maintenance by qualified technicians like those here at McClintock Heating & Cooling. In fact, many manufacturer warranties contain language that states that damage caused by improper maintenance will not be covered. Does this mean that your entire warranty is going to be void if you do not get a yearly inspection? Maybe not, but the manufacturers understand that a well maintained unit prevents system failure in cold weather and can preserve and maintain the efficiency rating of the equipment, which is ultimately what we as consumers want – a system that works well and saves us money.

Now that you know why the yearly furnace check is important, you’re probably wondering when and how often it should be done. Most system breakdowns occur when you first turn the system on for the season, so the best time to get your heating system inspected would be in September or October of each year. When scheduling your appointment, keep in mind that it typically takes our Heating & Cooling Technicians an hour to an hour and a half per system to clean, check and service all components of your equipment. After the tune up is finished, your technician will furnish an inspection report and will advise you of any abnormalities that exist, and the best way to go about correcting them.

Often times, customers overlook having their system checked because unlike many of your other home appliances, the furnace is out of sight and out of mind, however, when the cold weather inevitably arrives, it will certainly be an appliance you need working well! Don’t let the cold of winter sneak up on you this year – be sure to call McClintock Heating and Cooling for your yearly furnace inspection!