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How To Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Posted: September 19, 2022

Expert maintenance from Murray-Heutz helps keep your furnace going strong!

fall hvac tune up maineAs the fall goes on, our service department’s business increases. That’s why now is the time to contact Murray-Heutz to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace.

The sooner you schedule your tune-up, the easier it will be to obtain an appointment at a time that works for you. You won’t have to wait as long, either.

Our competitively priced service plans help to keep your furnace running properly, and an annual maintenance check is included in all of them. They can also help you save money, since many parts and repair expenses are covered!

Benefits of a furnace tune-up

Murray-Heutz’s annual maintenance service ensures that your heating system is in excellent working order, ready to keep you warm through another Maine winter. That, however, is only the start of what a tune-up can do for you!

Reduce your heating costs. If you keep your furnace well-maintained, it will operate at its most efficient level. That means you’ll use less propane or heating oil to heat your home, which could lead to big savings on your heating bill!

Protect your furnace. When well-maintained, furnaces work more efficiently and have fewer breakdowns. This can substantially lengthen the amount of time your furnace lasts.

Keep the warranty valid. By not opting for an annual professional maintenance tune-up for your furnace, you may be voiding your warranty and setting yourself up for costly repairs down the line.

Repair or replace?

As your furnace ages, you may come to a time when you must decide whether to repair it and give it another season or replace it. Our service technicians will give you an honest, transparent assessment.
Repairing may be the best option in many situations. If your furnace is less than seven years old, repairs may be easier. If the damage or diminished efficiency to the furnace isn’t too bad, repairing is usually more cost-effective. If you are planning to move in the next year or two, repairing could be the right choice. Finally, a new heating system just is not in your budget right now.

There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition. If your furnace is more than ten years old, it could be time to replace it. This may be especially true if the furnace has not had regular professional maintenance.

Repair bills. Over time, your furnace repairs will become more frequent and costly. If your furnace repairs will cost you more than half of what a new one would, it’s generally wiser to just replace the old model. This way, you’ll be more comfortable, save on energy bills in the long run, and increase your home’s resale value.

Efficiency. Furnaces tend to lose efficiency over time, especially if they aren’t maintained. Your furnace’s efficiency may be as low as 60%. A new furnace offers efficiencies as high as 98%, meaning you’ll have lower energy costs for years to come.
 
Now is the time to contact Murray-Heutz to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!