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The Risks of DIY Furnace Maintenance

Risks of DIY

Why Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance Is a Bad Idea

Heating your home isn’t cheap.

For starters, keeping your Seacoast region home warm makes up around half of your energy costs in the winter.

Your furnace is also one of the biggest and most expensive pieces of equipment in your home. The national average cost of replacing a furnace is $4,313 and can run more than $6,000.

With that big of an investment and the comfort and safety of your family at stake, why would you trust the maintenance of your furnace to anyone besides an expert professional like the P. Gagnon & Son service technicians?

Safety first

Your furnace is a complex system that has several different components and moving parts. And whether it’s heating oil or propane that runs your furnace, those fuels can cause fires and create carbon monoxide.

If there is a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in the blood, the oxygen in your red blood cells is replaced by carbon monoxide. If that happens, your brain, heart and lungs are deprived of the oxygen they need to function. Because carbon monoxide is colorless and has no odor, it’s undetectable, which is what makes it so dangerous. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injury or death to you, your family and your pets.

Your furnace also has electrical components very close to your combustible heating oil or propane.

You may damage your furnace

Furnaces are complicated pieces of equipment. Reading some books and watching online DIY videos does not give you the knowledge or skills to properly perform furnace maintenance. And you probably don’t have the right tools.

One thing a trained service technician like the ones at P. Gagnon & Son have that you don’t is an eye for spotting problems that can be fixed before they can become worse problems.

And if you make a mistake, you can damage your furnace and cause a breakdown. You could end up spending more on repairs than if you had a professional tune-up. Oops!

You could void your warranty

If you read your furnace’s warranty, you’ll likely see that documentation of regular maintenance by a professional service technician is required to keep your warranty in effect.

By attempting a furnace tune-up yourself, you could be violating the warranty, which can cost you big bucks in the long run.

P. Gagnon service plans save you time, money and hassle!

If you’re looking to save money on furnace maintenance, we have a solution: P. Gagnon’s service plans! Our affordable service plans are designed to save you money by covering an annual tune-up as well as parts and labor costs on dozens of furnace repairs, and priority emergency service. We have service plans for both heating oil or propane furnaces.

For all of these reasons, leave the maintenance of your furnace to the professionals at P. Gagnon & Son. Contact us today to schedule your annual maintenance and find out more about our service plans!