The official start of fall is upon us. Temperatures have already begun to cool down. And while Mother Nature might still have a couple of heatwaves up her sleeve, there’s no denying that it’s almost time for you to start using your heating system on a regular basis, but is it ready for that?
Maybe you aren’t worried about your heater’s ability to keep you warm this fall and winter. Perhaps you have no concerns about efficiency or whether your heater has repair needs that could lead to premature system breakdown. However, unless your heater is brand new, maintenance is vital.
And fall is a great time for you to arrange for a professional tune-up! We’ll thoroughly inspect your system, clean it inside and out, make adjustments as needed, and alert you to small repair needs before they grow into much bigger ones. Read on as we uncover the benefits of timely maintenance!
Keep Your Heater Running Safely
Furnaces, or gas-powered heaters, are not inherently dangerous. However, when they aren’t properly cared for, they can become so. The potential for hazards is there.
One potential issue with an ill-maintained gas-powered heater is a cracked heat exchanger. This can allow for carbon monoxide gas to make its way into your home, which can cause illnesses and even fatalities in severe cases.
This is more likely with an aging heater (10-15 years old) and we encourage you to also have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home to mitigate this risk. Still though, maintenance is essential to keep you from ever dealing with this issue!
Prevent the Majority of Repair Needs
Did you know that professional heating maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs that a heating system may ever need in its lifetime? This is because maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect for small adjustment needs before they have the opportunity to grow into repair needs.
For example, let’s say the lubrication has worn down on the motor bearings of your blower fan. This is an easy fix for us to make! But if we miss it because you skipped maintenance, then that lubrication can wear down to the point that it creates too much friction, and the motor burns out. At his point, you could be left with a number of repair issues as the burnt-out motor creates a domino effect of problems within the system.
Keep Your System Running Efficiently
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of routine heating maintenance is that it keeps your heating system running as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible.
One of the steps we take during maintenance is thoroughly cleaning the system. This prevents the heat exchangers from getting too caked up with grime to be able to effectively heat your air. When there’s lower heating power, it can force you to run your heater for longer, which is simply costing you more than it should.