Is Your Gas Furnace Ready for Winter?

Don’t Get Left in the Cold: Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Home Cozy

Hey, Nashville! Are You Ready for Winter?

Hey there, Nashville homeowners! Winter is knocking on our doors, and you know what that means—hot cocoa, cozy blankets, and the sweet sound of your furnace kicking in to keep you warm. But wait, when was the last time you gave that furnace some love? I’m talking about good ol’ gas furnace maintenance. Trust me, the last thing you want is to be bundled up in five layers of clothing inside your own home because your furnace decided to take a vacation. So, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why and when you should roll up your sleeves—or better yet, give us a call at American Heating And Cooling—for some furnace TLC.

Why Gas Furnace Maintenance is a Must-Do, Not a Maybe

Alright, let’s get real for a second. A furnace repair can set you back around $290 on average. And that’s just the starting point; it could be way more if you’ve got a serious issue. But you know what’s absolutely priceless? Peace of mind. Yep, knowing that your furnace is in tip-top shape and won’t bail on you when the Nashville winter decides to show its true colors.

So, What Are the Signs?

Your furnace is a tough cookie, but even the toughest of cookies crumble eventually. Here are some tell-tale signs that your furnace might be screaming for help:

  1. The “It’s Cold in Here” Dilemma: If your furnace isn’t warming up your home, first check the thermostat. Maybe someone in the house turned it down and forgot to turn it back up (kids, am I right?). If the thermostat isn’t the culprit, it’s time to give us a call at American Heating And Cooling.
  2. The Dreaded Carbon Monoxide Alarm: This is serious, folks. If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, evacuate the house and call 911. No joke, this is life and death stuff.
  3. That Gas-y Smell: If you catch a whiff of gas, don’t ignore it. Call your gas company right away. A gas leak is not something you want to DIY.
  4. What’s That Noise?: If your furnace is making sounds that would be more appropriate in a horror movie, give us a ring. We’ll sort it out.
  5. Pilot Light Shenanigans: Your pilot light should be blue. If it’s any other color or keeps going out, give us a shout at American Heating And Cooling.
  6. Sneeze Fest: If you or your family are sneezing more than usual, your furnace might not be filtering the air as it should. Time for a check-up with us.
  7. The Utility Bill Shock: If your bills are skyrocketing, your furnace might be the culprit. It could be working overtime and needs a check-up. You know who to call!

Let’s Talk Gas Furnace Maintenance, Shall We?

Okay, so you’ve noticed one or more of these signs. What now? Well, you’ve got some homework to do:

  1. Call Us: I can’t stress this enough. Give us a call at least once a year, preferably before winter hits, to give your furnace a thorough inspection. We’ll check for wear and tear, make sure the pilot light is doing its thing, and generally ensure everything is in working order.
  2. Filter Fun: This is a quick and easy one, folks. Changing your filter takes about 10 minutes and can make a world of difference. Aim to do this every 2-3 months. Pro tip: set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.
  3. Exhaust Flue Check: Your furnace has an exhaust flue that gets rid of all those nasty gases. Make sure it’s clear to keep your home safe.
  4. Ductwork Drama: Your ductwork is like the highway for warm air. Make sure it’s clean and clear for a smooth ride to every room in your house.

Wrap It Up

So there you have it, my Nashville friends. Gas furnace maintenance is not a “maybe later” task; it’s a “must-do now” task. Regular check-ups can save you money, extend the life of your furnace, and most importantly, keep you and your family safe and warm. So don’t wait, schedule your maintenance with us today!