In Southern California communities like Culver City, furnaces often run second to air conditioning systems in importance. We need reliable heating to handle our nippy winter nights, but LA is a summer city and high temperatures often require a greater focus on air conditioning rather than heating. This can lead to your furnace suffering from unintentional neglect, as a lack of maintenance can create costly breakdowns that might otherwise be avoided. A good HVAC technician can provide maintenance service to help prevent costly breakdowns, in addition to dealing with problems that have already arrived.
Here’s how lack of maintenance can lead to furnace repairs:
Maintenance is really the same as a tune-up, as well as a check for potential problems that haven’t yet developed. Over time, dust and dirt can accrue inside your furnace, leading to persistent yet minor damage. (Dust increases friction on moving parts and build-up can clog the burners and other key devices.) Then there’s things like loose bolts and fittings, which can make equipment rattle in its housings and further increase wear and tear. In fact, “wear and tear” is the primary reason to schedule a maintenance session: without it, the slow cost of functioning will grind your furnace’s components down.
Furthermore a maintenance session allows your technician to spot big problems before they start. For example, say there’s a loose screw that’s causing a fan motor to rattle. Over time, the motor could break loose or suffer a major breakdown from the increased stress. Obviously, it’s much cheaper to replace a single screw than a whole motor, but you won’t spot the problem unless a trained expert can examine the furnace beforehand.
Those are just the most obvious answers to how lack of maintenance can lead to furnace repairs. The good news is that experts like the Culver City furnace specialists at JW Heating & Air can help. We have years of experience, furnace maintenance is one of our standard services, and our trained staff has years of experience handling maintenance issues. Don’t let a lack of maintenance cost you down the road. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!