Summer may be drawing to a close, but it's still hot enough in most areas of the country to make the idea of turning on a furnace almost laughable. Yet that's exactly what you should be doing now because you need time in case your furnace needs repairs. You don't have to run the furnace for a long time, but you should have a furnace repair company inspect it now so that you know you'll have heat when cold weather arrives.
Before the Rush Hits
Every year, there's a rush to get a heater or furnace repair company out to maintain, service, and repair furnaces. Don't get caught in the rush; that will only delay your ability to use the furnace, and it will reduce the appointment times available to you if you don't want to schedule an appointment for much later. Have a repair company inspect and repair the furnace (if needed) now because, with fewer people clamoring for appointments, you'll have your pick of appointment times. You'll also have a lot of time to get those repairs done if they turn out to be extensive.
Get It out of the Way
Taking care of the furnace now also gets the task out of the way. If you know you'll have to do it eventually, why not take care of it now? There's no reason to have the task looming for weeks if you have time to call today.
Find Small Things Before They Become Large Things
Chances are your furnace seemed to be working fine when you stopped using it in spring, and you haven't turned on since then. However, it is possible that there were small issues that had begun to grow larger right as you reached warmer weather and less of a need for the heater, and you just didn't notice anything wrong because you had been using the heater less and less. If you have the furnace repaired now, those problems will still be relatively small. Repair costs will likely be lower, and repair time will likely be less.
If you wait, however, and maybe you start using the furnace in autumn before you have a chance to call the repair company, then you could make those problems worse and get yourself a larger repair bill.
Get the task over with. Call a repair company and ask them to inspect the furnace to ensure it's ready for use in colder weather. If repairs are needed, then, the company can make them.