About six years ago, I was forced to replace the gas furnace in my home.
The purchase and installation of the new heating system was rather expensive.
I needed to take out a home improvement loan to cover the cost. At the time, the HVAC professional recommended that I invest in a regular maintenance plan with his company. For an annual fee, they would then send a technician to my home every fall to inspect, clean and adjust the heating equipment. This seemed like a total waste of money to me. I assumed that I could trust a brand new furnace to operate reliably for at least a few years. I was not willing to spend more money on the heating system. I declined the maintenance plan and made sure to keep up with regular air filter changes. Six years later, I started to notice some issues with the furnace. It was definitely running for longer cycles, yet putting out less heat. My heating bills had gradually increased, even while the comfort level of my home decreased. When the equipment started making some strange sounds, I called for furnace repair. Unfortunately, every contractor in the area was booked solid. This was in early February, when the outside temperature was down to twenty-two degrees. Lots of people were having issues with their heating systems. The earliest appointment I could manage was for a week later. Before the day of the appointment, the furnace completely quit. There was no way my family could manage without heat, so I had no choice but to pay extra for overtime service. The technician inspected the furnace and told me that the system required several new parts. Because I’d failed to keep up with professional maintenance, the warranty was void.