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Neglecting Annual Furnace Maintenance is SCARY!

The Best Thing to Prevent Furnace Failure

One of the most frequent questions that we are asked is what a homeowner can do to ensure consistent quality and safe performance of their heating and cooling systems. Without hesitation, we say “schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC system by a licensed HVAC professional.”

It’s best to have a professional check your heating system in the fall before you begin using your furnace everyday and once in the spring for your cooling system. This prevents the uncomfortable position of having to wait for service on the really hot or cold the days when you need it most.

At Cassel Home Comfort, over 75% of our service calls could have been prevented with regular professional maintenance.

Failure to maintain your HVAC system can puts you and your family in serious danger. With gases, electricity, and fire involved, your HVAC system requires care and attention by a professional. Sure, clearing a sink drain is a DIY project you can accomplish yourself, but when it comes to wiring, gas, and carbon monoxide and methane emissions, you better hire a licensed professional in order to keep your home in top shape and avoid injuring or even killing yourself.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

The best case scenario of neglecting furnace maintenance is higher energy bills, more frequent repairs, and a shortened lifespan for your system. The worst case scenario is death – no exaggeration. If you have an undetected carbon monoxide leak due to a cracked heat exchanger or something else, your family is at risk of CO poisoning, which can lead to death.

If you have been seeing or hearing things, you may have a CO leak. Besides hallucinatory symptoms, you may also feel flu-like symptoms. Nausea, lethargy, dizziness, and headaches are all symptoms that you may feel with both a flu and carbon monoxide poisoning. Read this article about the signs and symptoms of a carbon monoxide leak: “Natural Gas Furnace Hazards and Tune-Up Tips.”

The Importance of Annual Furnace Maintenance

It’s really that simple. Scheduling maintenance doubles the life of your HVAC system as well as ensures that your manufacturer’s warranty remains in effect. The reason why HVAC manufacturers require annual maintenance is because they know that in order to have a high functioning system that lasts, you need to have regular maintenance, much like a car. To avoid the expense and aggravation of a no-heat situation, make sure you get your furnace professionally checked every year.

Although DIY maintenance, such as changing the air filter and making sure your system is clear of dirt and debris is important, it is no substitute for professional maintenance. Here is a list of DIY home maintenance tasks to complete in the fall.

If you are buying a home, you are probably going to have what is known as a “whole house inspection.” You may read the report and think that your HVAC system is perfectly safe and operational. Indeed, it very well may be; however, a whole house inspector normally does not have the knowledge or equipment to properly assess your HVAC system. Click here to find out about how a home energy audit can save you money and energy in your home.

When you are buying a home, in addition to getting a whole house inspection, make sure you have a qualified HVAC professional evaluate the situation further. HVAC repairs are expensive and you want to know exactly what you are getting when you sign the purchase and sales contract. You generally have about 7-10 days to do all your inspections: home energy audit, HVAC, roofing, plumbing, in addition to a whole home inspection.

If the previous owner did not have annual HVAC maintenance like you are supposed to, they may be unaware of potential problems with their system.


If you need help detecting air leaks and other sources of inefficiencies in your home, call your home comfort experts at (217) 866-1596 for your Free Whole Home Inspection and Analysis. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

We also offer an ongoing Home Maintenance Plan to help ensure you not only have regular heater/furnace maintenance and tune-up checks, but also saves your money!

Cassel Home Comfort Heating & Cooling, situated in the Champaign IL, is committed to being your best HVAC contractor choice in Central Illinois in both Value and Customer Service!

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