Why Preventative Furnace Maintenance Matters Published on October 12, 2016 You remember to take your car in for maintenance every 3000-5000 miles. You visit your doctor for a physical every year. So why wouldn’t you also get your routine heating and air conditioning maintenance in Kitchener each season? You may think that if the air conditioning system kept you cool all last summer, or you didn’t encounter any problems with your furnace last winter, that it’s not necessary to have someone come out and do an inspection. But that’s where you may have malfunctions. Taking your car to the mechanic helps verify everything is functioning properly so you aren’t in the middle of a 300 mile trip when your car unexpectedly breaks down. Seeing the doctor each year helps keep your body healthy and discovers issues early, like heart problems or cancer. It’s just the same with heating and air conditioning maintenance. The owner or Portland-based Sky Heating and Air Conditioning, Travis Smith, explained it very plainly. “Assume if only 20% of people who owned vehicles maintained them. There would be a lot of malfunctioning vehicles. A heating and cooling system can run nearly 2,000 hours yearly, and if you assume it’s operating at the equivalent of 30 miles per hour, that concludes that you put 60,000 miles annually on your equipment in between maintenance.” Smith also notes that the process is similar to auto maintenance. “Just as an auto mechanic would bring to any auto owner’s attention that it needs oil changes and regular tune-ups. There is no difference. Mechanical devices need maintenance or they will stop working and have smaller lifespans.” So just because your heating and air conditioning equipment was working fine last season doesn’t mean it can skip its seasonal tune-up. The real matter is it needs maintenance now, and every year prior to the peak heating and peak cooling season. Hammond Plumbing & Heating’s fall promotion is taking place right now and you can save on a heating Precision tune-ups by calling 519-894-3222 today.