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December 23, 2022

A broken furnace on the coldest night of the year is a true bummer, but knowing you’re going to have to pay out your ears for emergency furnace repairs can put a real damper on your finances as well as your morale! If you are looking to proactively avoid increased furnace repair costs this year and into the next, here are the things you can do now to save you the headache later. 

Double Check Your Thermostat

It may seem like a simple task, but the thermostat is like the brain of your heating and cooling system, so check to make sure it is in good working condition! Have you noticed your furnace pumps warm air through your vents long after you have seemingly reached the desired temperature? A malfunctioning thermostat could put added stress on your system while also using more energy or fuel. 

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters of your heating and cooling system should be changed regularly, depending on manufacturer specifications. It is especially important to change air filters as you switch from cooling season to heating season. Air filters allow air to pass through the intake of your system while catching particles like dust, pet hair and dander, and other contaminants. As your air filter does its job, it will begin to clog and lose efficiency. This will eventually put a drag on your furnace, kind of like hitting the accelerator in your car while the emergency brake is still on. By replacing your filters regularly, you can ensure your furnace provides efficient heat and cleaner air.  

Keep Up with Regular Professional Maintenance

The previous tips are things you can do yourself - but perhaps the most effective way to prevent a heating emergency is to make sure it is maintained by a professional furnace repair technician. The benefits of HVAC maintenance include:

  • Significantly reduced risk of a furnace breakdown

  • Improved efficiency and reduced energy costs

  • A more comfortable home

  • Extended life expectancy of the system

During your annual maintenance visit, a heating specialist will ensure safe operation and inspect all parts and connections of your furnace, to keep it running at its best.  It’s best to schedule heating maintenance before the start of every fall or winter season.

Time Saving Tip: Sign Up for a Maintenance Program

If you aren’t looking to add any more tasks to your seasonal to-do list, the time saving tip is to sign up for an annual maintenance program! A yearly HVAC maintenance subscription puts your year long furnace upkeep in the hands of the professionals, so you don’t have to worry about learning how to maintain your furnace yourself. With the Greiner Maintenance Value Plan, you’ll receive: 

  • 2 free precision tune-ups per year

  • Free water heater safety inspection

  • Front-of-the-line, priority service appointments within 48 hours

  • 20% discount on repairs

  • 75% discount on diagnostic house calls

  • Peace of mind 12-month repair guarantee

Don’t Let Small Furnace Issues Turn into Big Ones!

Have you noticed something different about your heating system that has you wondering if you need to go in search of furnace repair near you? Seemingly insignificant issues with your furnace can turn into bigger issues faster than you might anticipate, so it's important to pay attention to these signs:

  • Funny noises or odors from your furnace

  • A furnace burner that is orange or flickering

  • Random furnace shutoffs

  • Difficulty keeping your home warm

  • Unusually high heating bills

If you want your heating system to keep your home comfortable all through the winter and into the spring, look no further than Greiner Heating and Air Conditioning. Our experts will happily come to your home and help to optimize your furnace for maximum home comfort and efficiency.

Avoid costly emergency heating repairs this winter. Call the guys and gals at Greiner at 707-678-1784 to schedule furnace maintenance!

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