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Do I Really Need a Furnace Inspection Every Fall?

4 Good Reasons You Should Say ‘YES’ to an Annual Checkup

Most Walton Gas customers know that an annual furnace checkup is recommended, but very few actually take it seriously. Most put off calling a professional Georgia heating and air conditioning contractor until they wake up in a cold house one morning.

Natural gas furnace maintenance is necessary — and now is the time to do it. Before the cold weather hits, have your furnace serviced to keep it in good running order so it won’t conk out when you need it most.

Fall inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December.

Fall Inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December. Right now, many contractors are providing incentive pricing to encourage you to get an affordable tune-up instead of waiting until your furnace needs (yikes!) costly repairs.

A well-maintained furnace lasts much longer, which means you’ll get the most out of your investment. Still not convinced? Walton Gas provides these 4 additional good reasons for making an annual furnace checkup part of your fall routine.

1. Save money on repairs and replacements.

Would you operate your car without ever changing the oil? Of course not! The car would break down, and you’d likely pay dearly to get it fixed. After doing this a few times, you’d definitely need a new car since the number of breakdowns would quickly reduce the car’s lifespan.

That’s what it’s like when you fail to properly maintain your furnace. Not only will you be paying more on repairs, but you’ll need a furnace far sooner than you expected—and furnaces aren’t cheap!

2. Save money through energy efficiency.

Heating makes up about 29% of your energy bill, according to ENERGY STAR. That adds up, especially if we have a particularly long cold snap in Georgia this winter.

Your furnace has dozens of crucial parts that need to be professionally tuned-up and cleaned. This proactive step ensures your furnace is working at optimum efficiency, providing you with the most heat for the least cost.

3. Protect against health and safety risks.

Annual furnace maintenance helps to keep you and your family safe. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. In the U.S., nearly 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of exposure.

4. Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your furnace’s warranty to see what the manufacturer requires to honor it. It’s likely that professional preventative maintenance is expected.

If there’s ever a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, the manufacturer is going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, expect to pay out of your own pocket for costly repairs.

Don’t let a furnace failure leave you in the cold this winter. Along with raking leaves, putting away lawn furniture and stocking up on Halloween candy, make furnace maintenance a part of your fall routine.


Do you know a low-income senior who needs help
to repair a natural gas furnace?

When a gas furnace stops working, it’s a crisis for some elderly Walton Gas customers. HopeWorks Emergency Low-Income Program for Seniors  (H.E.L.P.S.), sponsored by Walton EMC and Atlanta Gas Light, provides a way to repair furnaces at no cost to qualifying low-income senior homeowners.

To qualify for assistance, individuals must be at least 65 years old and living in a home they own. Other program and financial guidelines also apply. 

For information or to apply: Visit www.hopeworks4us.org or call 404-872-0167.

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