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There’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold winter night in Champaign, IL only to find your furnace has failed! Your family will be miserable, plus you’ll be stuck with a costly heating repair bill.

The good news is, situations like this can usually be avoided with routine maintenance. With regular furnace maintenance, you can minimize costly repairs, maximize the lifespan of your HVAC system, ensure it’s running efficiently, and ultimately keep your monthly utility costs low. Keep your furnace up and running with these three steps:

Routine Maintenance

Most HVAC contractors offer maintenance plans that are economical and hassle-free for consumers. If you have a plan in place, the contractor will schedule seasonal tune-ups for your system. If not, arrange a visit in the summer in preparation for fall and winter. It’s best to assess the system prior to cold weather so you have time to resolve any problems.

During the visit, an HVAC specialist will visually inspect your system, test it, make adjustments, clean it, and lubricate any parts that move. The technician will remove dirt, debris, and other items that can damage the system. They’ll also look for signs of rust and damage on the heat exchanger, wire connections, and burners.

Do-It-Yourself Maintenance

A little bit of elbow grease from homeowners goes a long way when it comes to HVAC maintenance! Replace air filters monthly and make sure there isn’t any obvious dirt or debris near the heating element.Ductwork Maintenance

Even though homeowners don’t always see ductwork on a daily basis or think about it often, it’s an important part of any central HVAC system and requires a degree maintenance. Ductwork should be inspected annually and cleaned and repaired, as needed. Dirty ducts require the furnace and air conditioner to work extra hard, raising your utility bills and stressing your system. Special equipment is required, so leave this project to the professionals!

With routine maintenance and a little TLC, furnaces should last 15-20 years. If your system is making clunking sounds, is turning on or off at unusual times, or hasn’t been serviced recently, call Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing to schedule a service appointment today.