The ideal time to have your furnace serviced is in the summer or fall when repair and maintenance companies aren’t as busy and prices may be more reasonable. But, don’t despair if it has slipped your mind; just be prepared to wait longer for a service appointment and possibly pay a higher price.
While most maintenance contractors are reputable, the furnace “scam artists” are on the move during the fall months. And unfortunately, hundreds of unsuspecting homeowners become victims of their fraudulent and unscrupulous activities. Better Business Bureau offers the following tips so that you don’t get taken to the “cleaners” instead.
All types of furnaces should be serviced annually. In addition, a gas furnace needs to be cleaned no less that every two years, and oil furnaces no less that every year. For recommendations on qualified licensed furnace contractors ask friends, relatives, or co-workers, and check the company out with BBB.
If you find that your furnace needs repair, first check the warranty to find out whether any repairs or replacement parts are covered. Also, check to see if annual maintenance is required to maintain the warranty. If you have to buy a new furnace, you should choose a unit that’s just large enough to handle the demands of your household. Don’t waste money on a furnace that is larger than you need.