Can I Skip Furnace Maintenance?

Sep 15, 2021

Dangers of Skipping Furnace Maintenance

Now that fall has arrived and cooler temperatures are not far behind, it’s time to change your focus from your air conditioner to your furnace. Autumn is the ideal time to schedule your annual inspection for your furnace to ensure your comfort during a cold, blustery winter and to maintain its integrity.

Skipping your furnace maintenance could backfire in a number of ways, not least of which is negatively impacting your pocketbook and your health. A professional inspection and tune-up of your furnace is essential to ensure it is operating at optimal efficiency and to help prevent major repairs that could end up being extremely expensive.


Risks of Skipping Furnace Maintenance:

Furnace Breakdown

If you forgo yearly maintenance of your furnace, you are risking the inevitable, which is major malfunctions that could also shorten the lifespan of your furnace. Nothing lasts forever, and your furnace – which has an average lifespan of 10-15 years – will not continue operating flawlessly if you neglect routine maintenance.

What’s more, if certain parts of your furnace begin to malfunction, these could cascade to other components, potentially leading to serious breakdowns of your furnace. These maintenance issues will impact the unit’s efficiency and it won’t adequately heat your home. All of this can lead to your furnace having to be replaced much sooner than it otherwise would if it received routine maintenance.


Your Heater is Less Reliable

If your furnace is not serviced regularly, you run the risk of having it not operate as it is designed to because of internal mechanism failures. In the absence of certified technicians inspecting and testing your heating appliance, you are likely to experience system failures and mechanical malfunctions. These furnace problems will greatly compromise the durability and reliability of your furnace.

When you call Apollo, our highly trained technicians will tune-up and clean your system, identifying and repairing any trouble areas so it continues to run at peak efficiency.


Loss of Energy Output & Higher Utility Costs

Over time, your furnace accumulates wear and tear that can hamper its productivity levels. When it sustains mechanical problems and other defects, its machinery is thwarted from operating as it is designed to. On average, a furnace loses approximately 5 percent of its energy efficiency for every year that maintenance is skipped.

This gradual build-up of mechanical issues will force your furnace to work much harder to generate heat for your home or office. As it operates with less efficiency, you could experience uneven treated air. You can also expect much higher energy bills than normal.

Conversely, when you have routine tune-ups, your furnace should operate at 95 percent efficiency for its entire lifecycle. This will keep your utility bills down, as well.


Unnecessary Repairs

When your furnace receives regular maintenance and testing, it will need repairs much less often, saving you a considerable amount of money over the years. Approximately 85 percent of repairs that a heating system might need are preventable with routine maintenance!

So you not only save a lot of money by having professional maintenance service done, but your furnace will run at peak efficiency during the very cold winters we experience in the Tri-Cities.


Unsafe Operation of Your Furnace

Your furnace is a gas-powered appliance, which means it has the potential to create health hazards because of toxic gas leaks and fires. Lack of maintenance of your furnace could bring about a safety precaution failure.

When you have your furnace inspected annually, you ensure that you and your fellow occupants of the house or office will be safe and healthy while enjoying optimal comfort during the winter season.


Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Maintenance of Your HVAC

Look to the HVAC experts at Apollo to ensure your energy system is in excellent condition and operating at optimal efficiency so you will be warm and comfortable this coming winter. Our experienced team of highly trained technicians will work with you and exceed your expectations during HVAC repairs and furnace replacements.

Apollo field technicians will work closely with you in deciding what HVAC system is the best, and tailor it to fit your unique needs and preferences! We are committed to delivering premium quality HVAC service, maintenance, products, and documentation in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and beyond!

Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).