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Fall furnace maintenance prevents problems

Furnace maintenance experts said an inspection was necessary before you flipped the switch on your furnace for the first time this fall. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

As temperatures started to drop in mid-Missouri on Wednesday, many homeowners turned on their heat for the first time.

Furnace maintenance experts said an inspection was necessary before you flipped the switch on your furnace this fall.

This week’s cooler temperatures had maintenance technicians at Aireserv checking furnaces for any problems. Technicians said now was the best time for furnace maintenance as we approached the upcoming colder weather.

Aireserv V.P. of Operations Rob Sachse said, “We’re starting to ramp up. It’s not like the dead of winter, but we are doing a lot of heating maintenances right now. That’s what we start doing this time of year. We are starting to do the heating maintenance because we want to get those systems and furnaces tuned up and make sure they are operating throughout the year.”

Sachse said annual maintenance helped identify any possible problems with a furnace before the problems became emergencies. Sachse said a yearly check also extended the life of your furnace.

Sachse said homeowners need to change furnace filters on a regular basis. Jefferson City homeowner John Powers changes his filter every month.

Powers said, “Don’t let them talk you into the notion of lowering your thermostat because it’s cold when you get home. You have to jack it up. It takes longer to heat the house.”

Technicians said a regularly maintained heating system can help lower your utility bills.

Technicians said an annual furnace inspection can identify carbon monoxide leaks and other safety issues with your heating equipment.

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