We’re smack in the middle of (what passes for) winter in Florida so AC repair in New Port Richey is out of sight and out of mind.
Winters here are considered mild by most of the country, but they’re definitely cold enough to make Floridians shiver. They’re also cold enough to be dangerous, so when the humid summer draws to a close, we all start thinking about the furnace, and whether it’s ready for colder weather.
Of course, the rest of the year is hot, and so, to most residents of the Sunshine State, the air conditioner is far more important.
That overemphasis makes sense, but it’s important to remember that, as HBO tells us, “Winter is coming.”
It helps to be ready. You may not need to cool as often as you heat, but even in New Port Richey, you will need that furnace when the time comes.
Why do I need furnace or AC maintenance?
Even if your natural gas or propane furnace only needs to be run a few months a year, it needs attention. In fact, it sitting the rest of the year is exactly why!
Think of a car.
If you left a car garaged for nine months, would you take it on a road trip without refilling the tires, checking the battery, having the engine tuned up, and making sure it’s safe to drive?
(If you said “yes,” that’s the wrong answer.)
Here’s a few compelling arguments.
Do I really need an annual furnace and ac tuneup inspection?
All furnace manufacturers say yes. Literally, all of them. There is no holdout. This isn’t a “4 out of 5 dentists recommend” situation. 5 out of 5 manufacturers recommend annual maintenance by a certified furnace repair technician.
In fact, failure to do so often invalidates the warranty on your furnace, if it can be proved that the damage was due to lack of maintenance.
That does not mean that skipping a tune-up voids your warranty, but it does put you at risk. To that, we say:
Why even go there?
Tune-ups are inexpensive and arguably the greatest bang for the buck in our entire industry. Think of it as getting a physical – you’re just that much more likely to find problems before they get worse.
What actually happens during a furnace tune-up?
Every contractor and furnace repair company has their own version of a tune-up, with lots of overlap. AC Repair New Port Richey doesn’t boast a “32 point Check-Up” or anything in marketing-speak like that.
There is no industry standard because there are so many different furnaces. We take each one case by case. There are, however, what we call best practices, or things that happen on just about every tune-up visit.
That’s a lot of stuff, and usually there’s more! All of that for a measly few bucks. When you consider that the average person spends $2,000 a year on coffee, this is definitely a sound investment.
By the way, we aren’t knocking coffee drinkers. We are coffee drinkers.
Can you do this furnace maintenance yourself?
Some of it, sure, if you’re handy. All of it, if you’re very handy – but you’ll need special tools and equipment, and getting those will cost as much as a few years of inspections, anyway.
Plus – do you really want to risk something as dangerous as a furnace – a huge machine that literally burns combustible fuel and can create deadly fumes – to someone who isn’t trained?
A Professional furnace and AC tune-up is worth every penny.
How much does a furnace or AC tune-up cost?
This varies person to person, but beware of offers that seem too low. We see ads for $30 tune-ups, and frankly, that’s ludicrous. An HVAC technician is typically earning more than that for an hour’s labor. Between their time and the drive, $30 doesn’t cover their visit.
Typically, if the tune-up is way too cheap, you can bet they’ll “find” a fairly expensive problem that needs their attention.
You can also bet that if you refuse them, that problem will miraculously go away on its own.
A professional AC or furnace tune up should be somewhere between $60 and $100.
Ours includes everything above, and:
What are the risks if I don’t have regular furnace or AC maintenance?
We don’t like to be alarmist.
So, in this article, we won’t be. We’re just going to tell you the truth, without sugarcoating it. Unfortunately, the truth about furnace neglect is pretty alarming.
Have we made our case well? Are you giving serious thought to getting on a preventive maintenance schedule?
If you’ve got any additional questions or concerns that we didn’t answer in this article, don’t forget that our phones are always on.
AC Repair New Port Richey has been serving Florida homeowners and businesses for years. We know the value of maintaining your equipment, and the value of maintaining a strong relationship with our community. You can trust our HVAC and furnace repair technicians to provide the absolute best service for your equipment.
Give us a call today, and schedule a no-fee, risk-free assessment of your heating and cooling needs. Or, drop us a line and schedule a tune-up! No matter what you need, we’re here to take care of you.