Will Your Heating System Make It Through the Winter?

Written on: September 18, 2023

Stay warm and comfortable when cold weather arrives

hvac tune-up augusta, maine As the fall season approaches, our service department at AFC becomes increasingly busy. We encourage our valued customers to reach out to us now to schedule a heating maintenance tune-up for their home’s furnace or boiler before the temperatures start to drop.

Scheduling a tune-up appointment soon makes it easier to find a convenient time and reduces wait times. Act now to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Another way you can take care of your heating system is to enroll in one of AFC’s affordable Comfort Plans. First of all, every one our service plans include an annual maintenance check for your furnace or boiler so that it will run smoothly. But that’s only the beginning. You also get priority service, discounts on parts and labor for heating repairs, and our work being backed up by the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

Why do I need a tune-up of my heating system?

By choosing AFC for the annual maintenance tune-up of your heating system, you not only ensure its readiness for another winter in Central Maine, but you also enjoy additional benefits.

Cut your heating costs: By ensuring proper maintenance of your heating system, you can optimize its efficiency and save money on propane or heating oil.

Help your heating system last longer: To ensure optimal performance and longevity of your boiler or furnace, regular maintenance is crucial. By staying on top of maintenance tasks, you can ensure smooth operation and extend the lifespan of your heating system.

Protect your heating system’s warranty: If you fail to have your heating system serviced by a professional at least once a year, your warranty could become invalid. This would result in you being responsible for all future repair costs. Make sure to prioritize regular maintenance to help avoid unexpected expenses.

Should I repair or replace my heating system?

If you find yourself uncertain about whether to repair your aging furnace or boiler, or invest in a new one, our team of experts is here to assist. We will provide an unbiased assessment and guide you in making an informed decision that aligns with your specific needs.

In specific situations, opting to repair your heating system can prove to be the optimal choice. Repairs for systems that are less than seven years old are typically simpler and more cost-effective. If you plan to remain in your current residence for another year or two, repairing the system may be the most suitable option. Lastly, a brand-new heating system might not align with your budgetary constraints.

There are times, however, when replacing your boiler or furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition: If your heating system is approximately 10 years old or older and regular maintenance has been neglected, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Big repair bills: Replacing your heating system is often a more economical choice than repairing it, especially if the repair costs exceed half the price of a new unit. Not only will you enjoy greater comfort, but you’ll also save money on your energy bills in the long haul.

Efficiency: Over time, heating systems that are not properly maintained become less efficient. The efficiency of an aging heating system can plummet to 60% or lower. In contrast, a new furnace or boiler boasts efficiencies approaching 98%, resulting in reduced energy expenses for years to come.

Now is the time to get your heating system a tune-up from the pros at AFC! Contact us today to schedule it.