However, there are some maintenance jobs you should always leave to a professional, such as having your home’s heating system inspected, cleaned, and repaired. Doing so can extend the life of your unit and prevent problems that may result in costly repairs.
Service May Lower Energy Bills
While you might think that sweeping out your heater’s ducts and changing the air filter a few times a year is all the maintenance your system needs, it may require a tune-up without showing any obvious signs of needing one. Having your unit serviced so it runs more efficiently may do more than help improve performance, especially when it comes to cost. When your heater runs efficiently, it tends to use less energy, which can lower your utility bill. These long-term savings alone can be worth the cost of a service call.
Discover Small Issues Early
When your home’s heater is not operating at full capacity because of a small mechanical issue, you may not notice it right away. However, small issues can grow quickly and result in repairs that may cost hundreds of dollars. Scheduled maintenance might prevent this situation because your professional HVAC technician is trained to seek out and repair any size problem by knowing what to look and listen for. From malfunctioning heat sensors to bent fan blades, having your heater maintained regularly can prevent small issues from becoming serious.
You can be proactive in discovering potential heating problems yourself by listening to your system each time it turns on and shuts off. Be aware of what a typical heat cycle sounds like, how long it takes, and how often the unit turns on. If you notice a change, you might want to call your technician right away.
Your Unit May Last Longer
Your heating system may accumulate dust, dirt, and other debris in its ducts, vents, and filters that can affect its performance and shorten its overall life. While you can surface clean the vents and maintain the filters, this may not be enough to ensure your heater is running at full capacity or being choked by dust where you cannot see it. Having the entire system cleaned by a professional at least twice a year can help your unit last longer and may even improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Professional Safety Checks
While most furnace breakdowns are not immediately dangerous, there are a few issues that can cause a fire hazard or toxic gases to seep into your home. A faulty furnace can release carbon monoxide into the air, and if you do not have monitors in your home, it could be a deadly situation. A company that specializes in heating maintenance & installation will likely check for safety issues each time they service your furnace, and some companies may even include a carbon monoxide check as a part of the call.
Learn About New Products and Services
Having your heater serviced a few times a year can give you an opportunity to learn about new products and services that may lower your energy bills or help you use your heating unit with more efficiency. For example, if you want to learn about digital thermostats and how they might benefit you as a homeowner, you can ask your HVAC professional during his or her next visit. The more you can learn about potential improvements to your home’s heating system, the more time, money, and energy you might save.
You depend on your home’s heater keeps your family comfortable during the cold winter months and to run reliably at the turn of a switch. However, you can help ensure its reliability and extend its life by scheduling regular maintenance calls with an HVAC professional who can service and repair your unit efficiently.