American Home Shield

American Home Shield

September 14, 2012 14:30 ET

Furnace Maintenance

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2012) - As fall approaches, the cold weather months are right around the corner. That is why it's an important time to make sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm all winter long. While proper attention and maintenance are vital, a home protection plan can also help ensure you're covered when you need it most this winter.

Your furnace is among the more important systems in your home, and as such requires regular maintenance. If you're diligent, you may increase its efficiency as well as its lifespan. Routinely checking and correcting maintenance issues may result in lower repair bills and less frequent breakdowns in the long term.

Routine inspection is one of the most important steps to help ensure that your furnace is in good working order. This furnace maintenance starts with your filter. A dirty filter can increase wear on the heating system, leading to more expensive heating bills and malfunctions. Regardless of whether you have a fiberglass or pleated filter, you should inspect it every month for excessive wear.

Aside from the filter, you should inspect your furnace for frayed wires, rust, damage or deterioration. Also sniff around the appliance for any gas odors, which could be a sign that it has a leak or is not working properly. If you notice any of these issues, you should seek the assistance of a licensed professional.

You can prepare for trouble by protecting your systems and appliances with a home buyers warranty from American Home Shield. A home warranty can offer assistance should any of your covered systems or appliances ever break down. With an American Home Shield home protection plan, you save on covered repairs and avoid the hassle of finding a reputable contractor. So, if your furnace requires a covered repair, our home warranty provides you with affordable access to licensed and screened professionals. You can place a service request online or via phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Worry less. Live more.

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