How to Make Sure Your Furnace Works Before the Next Big Storm

By: Brian Schutt  |  November 16, 2015

As I write this blog post, 35 mile-per-hour winds beat at my windows. Meteorologists are calling it a “Witch Storm,” with high winds and storms expected to swirl around the greater Indianapolis area for the next 48 hours.

Fortunately, I sit comfortably indoors in my climate-controlled environment. My mind, though, is not enjoying the same ease.

Based on the influx of service calls we’ve received recently, I can see that not everyone in Broad Ripple, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, and surrounding Indianapolis suburbs are experiencing the same comfort. Many are wishing their furnace was pumping out the heat they desire, and they’ve been calling us in desperation to fix their HVAC system promptly.

Naturally, we’re happy to assist. But as the service requests come in and repairs are made, I can see that many of the “malfunctions/downtime” could have easily been avoided had the customer signed up for our regular maintenance.

Why Consider Preventative Maintenance?

In the short term, our Preventative Maintenance Program checks your entire heating and air conditioning system twice a year to ensure it’s ready to work when you need it. In the long run, it extends the life of your HVAC unit and keeps the system running as efficiently as possible.

What Does the Program Cost?

For $150.00, you secure two service appointments—one in the spring and one in the fall. For that same $150.00, you also receive:

• 1-year warranty on parts and labor for all repairs (not applicable for maintenance items)
• 10% discount on repairs
• 10% discount on diagnostic/trip charge
• 10% discount on Indoor Air Quality products
• Maintain factory warranty, as required
• Priority service in the event of an emergency

What Does the Program Give You?

After scheduling your appointment with our office, one of our EPA-certified technicians visit your home twice a year to fully inspect and prepare your air conditioner and furnace (depending on the season) for the harsh conditions of summer and winter.

And I do mean fully inspect. In just 60-90 minutes, we thoroughly clean, lubricate, and inspect your system from all angles, working ourselves through an exhaustive checklist.

For example, before the Witch Storm arrived to haunt your house, we would have examined the following items on your furnace to make sure it’s ready to work in optimal condition:

✓ Check thermostat
✓ Inspect heat exchanger for cracks
✓ Check for temperature rise
✓ Check fan control
✓ Check furnace safety controls
✓ Check for gas leaks
✓ Check and clean burners
✓ Check ignition system
✓ Check electrical connections
✓ Check gas valve operation and pressure
✓ Check filter
✓ Check backup heat elements
✓ Check sequencer operation
✓ Check amp and volt draw on motors
✓ Check breaker and SSU
✓ Check reversing valve operation
✓ Check defrost control
✓ Test cycle for proper operation
✓ Provide repair recommendations

What Should You do Next?

If your system is working fine now but you want to make sure it’s ready to go for the next Witch Storm that rolls through, call us at 317-670-0171 or fill out this form to sign up for the Homesense Preventative Maintenance Program. We’ll get your first service appointment scheduled and give you the peace of mind you desire.

Brian Schutt

About 

is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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