Ask most people when they service their furnace or air conditioning unit and they’ll probably tell you they have it serviced when it breaks! Of course. However there are a couple simple problems with this type of thinking. First, when you live by this service cycle, you’re right there with every other person who needs repair help – on the hottest or coldest day of the year. Most homeowners have no clue when is the best time to service your HVAC system, or that it should be serviced.
Here are the repercussions of waiting until that moment in time, you’re desperately uncomfortable. Whether it be hot or cold, you’re in no position to waste time or, frankly, to negotiate. You’re in need and the service company may charge you for overtime if they need to come out in the middle of the night, the weekend or on a holiday.
Secondly, the service companies are always most busy on the days of extreme weather which means longer wait times for a service call. This can actually lead to poor decision making when choosing a service company (ie. you hire the most available, yet not the most qualified!) and a more expensive experience.
Instead, have your furnace checked at the end of the winter months. You may not realize this, but beginning in February things get pretty quiet around HVAC service departments. Keith Hill of Minnesota Air also suggests waiting until late March or April, that way you can take care of furnace maintenance and AC prep.
Likewise, at the end of the summer months, in late September it makes sense to have your air conditioning unit checked out and furnace prepped, if necessary. This is the classic case of preventive maintenance. You may not want to part with your hard earned dollars during these times, however, it may be the wisest move in terms of preventing unnecessary expenses.
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