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After a long, hot summer, the Earth’s axis has finally tilted the Front Range--and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere--away from the sun. Temperatures have started to cool off, and winter is now on its way. Now is the time to prepare your furnace for the colder weather ahead.
An annual maintenance check is the best way to ensure that your furnace is in peak condition, according to John Nederhood, service manager at Mitchell Heating and Cooling in Colorado Springs. “After running your air conditioning all summer long, there’s a chance that the blower may have seized up,” Nederhood explains.
With today’s high-efficiency furnaces, flame sensors can become corroded, and electronic ignition systems can also become compromised. “Things can get dirty inside a furnace,” Nederhood points out, “and sometimes problems will arise when we least expect or want them to happen.”
Turning on the heat--for the first time in many months--is a final reminder that summer is finally over. But before that happens, an experienced technician can make sure that everything runs smoothly. And for a limited time, a full maintenance tune up from Mitchell Heating is available for the discounted price of $69.
You can help increase the life of your furnace as well with a few easy actions. Most important, change your home’s air filter every month. A clogged filter restricts the flow of heated air from your furnace, causing it to work harder and deliver less heat.
You can also make sure your vents are unobstructed, allowing air to circulate freely. And to avoid fire risk, remove any objects – like clothes, boxes, paint or any inflammable product from around your furnace.
We routinely do preventative maintenance on our cars. For example, every few thousand miles, the oil must be changed for the car to continue running efficiently. Letting this step go can cause damage to the engine, as some motorists have learned the hard way. Likewise, spending some money on furnace maintenance today will help prevent larger issues from happening when the temperatures really start dropping.
Fall dazzles our senses with the colors of changing leaves, the aroma of warm apple cider, and the roar of the crowd at a football game, but it also gives us advance notice of the long, cold nights that still lie ahead. “With proper maintenance now, you can rest assured your furnace will be up to the challenge that winter provides,” Nederhood said.
To schedule your HVAC services or for more information, visit mitchellheating.net or call (719) 596-6677 today.
This article was produced for and sponsored by Mitchell Heating and Cooling, Colorado Springs. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.