Electric furnaces are not as common as natural gas furnaces in local homes, but that doesn’t mean that electric furnaces don’t come with some excellent advantages. Although gas furnaces generally cost less to run and have higher heating capacity, electric furnaces cost less to install upfront, last for around five years longer, run into fewer repair issues, and don’t present any hazards due to gas combustion or toxic exhausts.
The secret to the electric furnace’s longevity and resistance to repairs is that it doesn’t burn gas to work. In a gas furnace, the constant stress of powerful burners and the reaction of combustion gas with other components is what leads to the system declining. Electric furnaces have a more direct and simple method of heating.
Because of the difference between the two furnace types, people often think that electric furnaces don’t need frequent maintenance. At least not every year. But this is wrong! Any home heating system, regardless of its type, benefits from pre-season maintenance done each year.
Why Your Electric Furnace Needs Annual Maintenance
Electric furnace maintenance in New Braunfels, TX provides the same benefits as maintenance for other heating systems: it improves energy efficiency, lowers the occurrence of repairs, extends equipment life, boosts performance, and keeps the warranty valid. And yes, it keeps it running safely as well.
We want to address the issue of safety in particular, because it isn’t true that an electric furnace is 100% hazard-free. It doesn’t have issues with toxic gas emissions, but any powerful electrical device can malfunction, overheat, and trip circuit breakers. This can even lead to an electric fire starting, so regular inspections for these furnaces are still essential.
Electric furnaces wear down as well unless they have routine maintenance. The constant expanding and contracting of metal components from heat can cause failures in relays or the sequencer, causing the system to stop working. The furnace heating elements need regular cleaning so they don’t start turning inefficient and waste money. The furnace also has a powerful blower fan to move air into it and then on into the home, and the blower can easily break if it doesn’t have routine inspections and tune-ups.
Finally, keeping the warranty valid for an electric furnace is reason enough to have maintenance done every year. You don’t want to lose this important consumer protection because you skipped maintenance for it several years in a row.
Sign Up for Our Maintenance Program
The Thayer maintenance program makes maintenance easy and more affordable. You can select either the Silver Plan or Gold Plan, whatever best meets your budget, and our technicians will take care of the routine maintenance both your heater and air conditioner need during the year. As a member, you’ll receive special benefits such as discounts on repairs and a 2-year repair warranty. Talk to our technicians today to learn more details about the two different maintenance plans and to sign up.
At Thayer Air Conditioning, your comfort is our #1 priority! Schedule your annual heating maintenance with us today!