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Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

Stephen Jabro

Why Now is the Time to Check Your Heating System

Even though it still feels like summer, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your heating system. The snow and ice may feel like an eternity away, but the reality of a furnace or heater breaking down amid a frigid Missouri winter is a real concern. It’s one our trained technicians at Jon Wayne Heating & Air deal with every winter.

Jon Wayne HVAC technicians in front of van in Mt Vernon neighborhood for furnace repairWithout fail, some problem or system breakdown will happen to many unfortunate homeowners at the worst possible time. While you can always call our Jon Wayne team for emergency furnace repair 24/7, we want to help you prevent this disaster from happening in the first place. In this article, we’re going to explain how proper furnace maintenance can save you from potential heating disaster. And we’ll also show you the one easy, quick thing you can do RIGHT NOW that will go a long way in preventing a problem.

Will Your Heat Turn On?

You have not needed to turn on your heat for many months. Will it be ready to work well for you when the first Missouri cold snap happens?

Waiting until temperatures have dropped low enough to need your heat on is too late. Finding out that your furnace is not working when it’s already cold out means you have no time to wait for repairs.

If that happens, you will probably be left waiting in the cold.

You and your family can expect to be waiting quite some time for a qualified HVAC repair technician to get your heating system back up and working. Because just as you are finding out that your furnace isn’t working, so are hundreds of other families. We have seen this happen every winter that Jon Wayne Heating & Air has been serving communities across southeastern Missouri.

As we head into another cold Missouri winter, we want to help homeowners avoid having this sort of heating emergency. The truth is that many of these furnace breakdowns can be avoided. By simply doing one thing, you could prevent finding yourself without a heating system in the coldest days of the winter.

Preventing a Heater Emergency: What to do RIGHT NOW

Remember we told you there was one simple thing you needed to do. We weren’t exaggerating. Just simply turn your heat on right now and test your system.

Doing a test run of your furnace should be done every year at the end of summer. When precisely? Our weather isn’t the same from year to year so there’s no absolute date of when you need to first test out your heating system. You’ll want to do it well before you need heat.

Do you recall when you first turned your heat on last year? In Springfield back in 2019, our temperatures first dipped below freezing on October 12.

Graph from showing the temperatures in Springfield in October 2019
Springfield, MO temperatures October 2019 as posted by

Remember, it’s not just about you and your home. When does everyone else turn their heating system on? While you may be an energy saver who holds out until it gets quite cold before turning on your furnace, that is not common. Waiting until October to find out if your heating system is in working order may be too late to get quick service from a good repair company if it urgently needs it.

August or early September is a good time to turn your furnace on for this initial test.

Sure, it’s probably still quite warm out, but turning on your heater before you actually need it is important. If you do not feel the heat or detect some problem such as hearing odd, persistent sounds, at least now you know you may have a problem. And now you’ve given yourself plenty of time to make sure it gets fixed before you need to use it this winter.

Some Furnace Problems to Look Out For:

Turning your heater on before you need it may sound dumb,
but it is the smartest thing you can do.

When hundreds of families across southern Missouri are all in need of a furnace repair at about the same time, there aren’t suddenly hundreds of more skilled HVAC technicians available to do the job. Our team will be working night and day getting broken heating systems up and running. We go at full steam and we have a large team that allows us to serve many communities with a location in Springfield and one in Mt Vernon.

Your Heat Turns On: Are You in the Clear?

If your heating system successfully turns on, emits heat, and appears to be working normally, you may be in the clear. This is especially true if you have a system that is not too old, has been regularly maintained, and has had the air filters changed on a regular basis.

However, even in the best circumstances, it’s always a good idea to have your heating system maintained on a yearly basis. There are a variety of issues that could affect how well a furnace operates that aren’t immediately apparent.


Jon Wayne’s Fall Furnace Tune Up

Contact us for a Fall Furnace Check & Tune Up to get your furnace ready for winter. One of our experienced technicians will come to your home and do all the necessary testing of your HVAC system. We will make sure that your furnace is working properly and efficiently. An inefficient heating system will waste unnecessary amounts of energy, possibly leaving you with a larger than expected energy bill in the middle of winter!

  • Testing to make sure it is working properly and safely
  • Changing the air filter
  • Checking duct work and all other components of your cooling system to make sure any possible problems or issues are detected and resolved
  • Checking that the thermostat is working properly

A fall tune-up of your heating system is the best way to ensure your house is ready for our next cold Missouri winter. Contact us to get a Fall Furnace Check and Tune Up. We will make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm all winter. Call us today at (417) 831-9500 in Springfield or at (417) 466-2515 in Mt Vernon.

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