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How To Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Written on: September 19, 2022

Keep your furnace going strong with expert maintenance from Hometowne Energy!

furnace tune up new yorkAs fall gets started, our service department gets busier. That’s why Hometowne Energy encourages customers to contact us right away to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace before the weather becomes chilly.

If you make an appointment for your tune-up soon, it will be easier to schedule one that works with your schedule. You won’t have to wait as long, either.

Every one of our service plans come with an annual maintenance check for your furnace. This way it will stay in working order and many parts and repair expenses are covered as well!

Why do I need a tune-up of my furnace?

By getting an annual maintenance tune-up from the skilled professionals at Hometowne Energy, you’re not only ensuring that your furnace will be in good shape to withstand another winter in the Finger Lakes region, but you’re also gaining other benefits!

Cut your heating costs. Properly maintaining your furnace will allow it to operate at peak efficiency. This, in turn, may help you save a nice amount of money on propane or heating oil expenses!

Keep your furnace going. By keeping your furnace well-maintained, you can make it run more smoothly and last much longer.

Keep the warranty valid. If you don’t have your furnace serviced by a professional once a year, you may be jeopardizing your furnace’s warranty. No warranty would be able to put you on the hook for future repair expenses.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

As your furnace gets older, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth repairing or if it’s time to buy a new one. Our team of professional experts will assist you in making an informed decision and offer an objective assessment on the most appropriate solution for your needs.

In certain situations, repairing your furnace may be the best option. Repairs are often easier and less expensive if it is no more than seven years old. Repairing may be the right solution if you want to move in the following year or two. Finally, a brand-new heating system may not be within your financial means.

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

Age and condition. As a rule of thumb, furnaces last around 10 years. If your furnace is nearing this age or older and you haven’t had it regularly serviced, it might be time for an upgrade.

Repair bills. If your furnace repairs will cost more than half of the cost of a new one, it’s usually preferable to replace it. In the long run, you’ll be more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Efficiency. Over time, furnaces that aren’t taken care of gradually become less efficient. For example, an older furnace’s efficiency may drop to only 60%. However, a new furnace boasts efficiencies up to 98%, meaning your energy costs will stay low for years.

Make time today to get in touch with Hometowne Energy to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!