A common question we get from our customers is, “What is heating maintenance and why do I need it?” Imagine what would happen if you didn’t maintain your car at all. If you neglected getting the oil changed, refilling your tires with air when they’re low, and never changed the air filter, how long would your car go until it broke down completely?
Just like an automobile, a heater is a complicated piece of machinery that needs routine maintenance for peak performance. So trust us when we say, heating maintenance is of utmost importance. If you want to know exactly why it’s so important, keep reading to learn the nitty gritty of heating maintenance.
Why Should I Have It Done?
The number one reason you should have heating maintenance done is that it’ll help ensure that your heater lasts for its estimated lifespan. Your heating system is an expensive piece of equipment and you want it to last as long as it possibly can.
Another important reason is that it’ll reduce the number of repairs that your heater will need. It’s a fact that the majority of repairs that we perform on heaters are on ones that haven’t been maintained.
Some homeowners feel that they don’t have the extra money to spend on maintenance. However, when you realize that you’ll recoup the money that you spend on maintenance through energy savings, reduced repairs, and extending the longevity of your system, it’s easier to see that it’s money well spent.
One last thing to consider is your home comfort. Maintenance is the best way to boost your heater’s efficiency and maximize its performance. Why spend so much money on utility bills if you’re not getting the comfort that you deserve?
Can I Do It Myself?
Now you know why maintenance is so beneficial. Perhaps you’re wondering if you can do it yourself. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Besides changing your air filter every 1-3 months and making sure that the area surrounding your HVAC system is clear of clutter, there’s not much you can do to maintain your furnace. This service is one that should only be handled by a professional HVAC company.
How Often Should Maintenance Be Done?
If you have a central heating system such as a furnace, maintenance should be done once a year. If you have a heat pump, maintenance should be done twice a year. This is because your heat pump pulls double duty and works throughout most of the year.
What Happens During a Maintenance Appointment?
There’s so much we do on a visit that it could be its own blog post. Heating maintenance involves checking, cleaning, adjusting, lubricating, and testing all the system’s components. We check and replace the air filter if you haven’t done so. We also lubricate all the moving parts and check for the proper functionality of every component of your heating system. Electrical connections will be tightened as needed and voltage and amperage will be checked for safe levels.
Want to take all the hassle out of scheduling maintenance? Check out our Maintenance Plan to learn even more about the benefits of heating maintenance.