The idea of not having a working furnace during a cold, dark Chicago winter is ridiculous. Yet, by not scheduling a fall furnace tune-up, many Chicagoans risk exactly that fate. Here’s the facts: your furnace requires a tune-up to keep it running right. By not scheduling one, you’re increasing your risk of a breakdown that will leave you and your family in the cold.
In this blog post, we’re going to run through 5 of the top reasons you should schedule heating maintenance before winter arrives here in Chicago.
Your top-5 reasons to schedule a fall furnace tune-up
Here are five main benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up here in autumn:
1. Reduced risk of an emergency breakdown
Here’s the reality: all mechanical devices undergo wear-and-tear over time—your furnace included. However, you can reduce the attrition rate by scheduling a regular tune-up of the system.
When you schedule a fall furnace tune-up with King, one of our expert techs will verify that your system is ready to go for the winter. We’ll also address potential issues before they turn into big problems for your heating system.
2. Longer furnace lifespan
If you never took your car into a mechanic for an oil change, how long do you think it’d last? Never having your furnace looked at by a professional technician is a similarly bad idea. In fact, regular maintenance can help your furnace last longer and run better as it ages.
This is just one of the ways that a fall furnace tune-up from King can actually save you money in the long-run. The other, of course, is…
3. Lower monthly energy bills
A furnace that is not properly maintained will use more energy than one that is regularly checked and cared for, resulting in higher energy bills. Having a tech from King inspect your system can lead to lower energy bills. Here’s how.
As a furnace fills with dust and parts begin to wear down, it needs more energy to push heating to the living spaces of your home. This is a vicious cycle: as it uses more energy and works harder to heat your home, those parts wear down even faster.
By having a King technician inspect your furnace as part of a fall furnace tune-up, you can rest assured that your heating system is ready for a full winter of energy-efficient operation.
4. Ensure the safety of your household
Your furnace needs to be checked annually to ensure that it can still operate safely. A chief concern: a cracked heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, and deadly—gas getting into your home’s air. Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide is not to be trifled with.
If you suspect that something is wrong with your heat exchanger, call the fire department and then give King a call for 24/7 emergency furnace repair.
5. Peace of mind for you and your family
An emergency furnace breakdown on a cold Chicago night is a stressful event for you and your family. By reducing your risk of a breakdown or safety problems, a fall furnace tune-up can provide you with something you can’t put a price on: peace of mind. It’s one of the reasons we provide this service to south Chicago homeowners and renters.
Here are other reasons to schedule a furnace tune-up
A lot of us tend to postpone having a furnace tuneup for as long as possible, thinking it isn’t a big deal. The truth is we’re making things much harder for ourselves in the future. We need to make sure that our furnace is maintained on a regular basis, so that we can count on it to heat us throughout the cold season.
Turn to King for your furnace tune-up and maintenance
Visitors to Chicago call it “the Windy City.” If they only knew, right? Winters for us Chicagoans can be pretty frosty, and your furnace is all that stands between you and that cold Illinois night outside. King Cooling and Heating reminds you that regular maintenance to your heating system can prolong its life, help you avoid costly emergency repairs, and give you the peace of mind that comes with a warm home.
Here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we believe that quality is king. That is why we employ the very best in our industry. With more than 45 years of experience, we take our time to ensure you always have heat in your home.
Why should I pay for maintenance on my furnace?
Keep in mind that you have a choice when it comes to maintaining your heating system, but you may not have as many options or as much time when something goes wrong. “Wrong” could include the furnace needing a costly repair, but it could also include even more serious issues, including water, electrical, fire, home damage, or health issues!
Scheduling regular maintenance through King will give you advance notice of any potential issues, while keeping your unit running at an optimal state.
The more efficient a heating system is, the more money it is saving you. Our maintenance inspection will identify any inefficiencies (such as air leaks) that exist in your system, and make sure your system only costs you what it should takes to warm your home. This could lead to huge energy savings over the course of a year.
Keeping your system going
Not unlike a well-maintained automobile, prolonging the total life of your heating system requires attention and care. If the cost and hassle of completely replacing your furnace gives you shivers worse than the ones from the cold outside, consider regular maintenance as a way to better your odds of having a longer-lived heating system.
Again, much like an automobile, an aging furnace is going to need more regular maintenance to keep it warming your home efficiently and effectively. Trust in the experts at King to keep your system going longer and help you get the best return on your investment.
Your manufacturer’s warranty
Your furnace may have a manufacturer’s warranty that protects the value of the system and covers necessary repairs. These warranties are valuable, and can save you a ton of money if your furnace breaks down.
In order to maintain it for future years, your warranty may require you to have an annual tune-up through a certified company like King.
How can I be sure I’m getting a good deal?
We want you to consider King Heating and Cooling for your regular furnace maintenance. In addition to our above-and-beyond commitment to service and our 40-point inspection system, we offer tremendous financial value for our customers.
Still not sure? Here are three other reasons you should trust King to check out your system:
- King believes you’ll be so satisfied with our services, we don’t ask you for payment until the job is done and you’re satisfied. Remember, our motto is, “Comfort today or you don’t pay!” Our technicians and staff work to make your home the most comfortable it can be, no matter how cold it is outside.
- King wants you to be happy, comfortable, and worry-free about the heating system in your home. To give you greater peace of mind, we offer a one-year warranty on all parts and service.
- Our customers love the work we do, and we’ve been awarded for it.. Thanks to their votes and support, we received the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, and we’ve been voted “Best of Chicago” by the Southtown Star not just once, but for five consecutive years.
What should I look for in a HVAC company?
Here are some of things you should consider when getting your heating system inspected:
- Certified technicians: King only employs technicians who are fully qualified and ready to inspect your heating system.
- Good job, done right the first time: King prides itself on doing quality work, and getting it right the very first time.
- Hometown company: King serves Metro Chicago and surrounding areas. We know this city, and we’re here to help you.
Our 40-point inspection
Regular maintenance for a furnace requires experts performing a thorough checkup of the system. King offers you both. Our fully certified technicians perform a 40-point inspection to make sure your unit is running at peak performance, and that you’re getting the best heat for your dollar. Again: we do things this way because we want you to be happy with the comfort of your home, and we’re not done until you’re satisfied with our work.
What is the best time to get my furnace inspected?
Obviously, your furnace sees the most use when it starts to get cold outside. We recommend getting it inspected before this point: you will save the most energy, time, and potential hassle by having your system inspected and maintained prior to the coldest months of the year.
However, if you find yourself in the midst of winter wanting to get your furnace checked, we encourage that, too. There is no wrong time to think ahead and make sure your system passes with flying colors. But, the fall is probably the best time: it allows you to identify any problems before they become problems, and helps to ensure you have a productive and cost-effective system by the time the first snowflakes begin to fall over Chicago.
No matter what season you have your system inspected, we recommend getting it looked at once-a-year. Remember, your furnace’s warranty may require it, and it’s worth the peace of mind.
Trust King with your fall furnace tune-up
We’re a local HVAC business that you can trust. That’s because we’ve been serving south Chicago, Joliet, Oak Forest, and surrounding communities since 1968. For many homeowners here, “King” is the name they trust for their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.
To learn more about our services or to schedule your tune-up, give King a call at (708) 315-2168 or contact our team online. We look forward to speaking with you!