With everything going on in recent weeks, especially on the political side, we bet it’s safe to say that you haven’t given your heating system a whole lot of thought. But believe it or not, you’re going to need your heating system pretty consistently soon, and right now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up to make sure it’s up for the job.
Keep reading as we uncover some of the most commonly asked questions we get from homeowners in regards to maintenance. You’ll see just why this service is so important and how it will benefit you.
“Do I Really Need Maintenance?”
Sure, it’s possible that your heater will make it through this winter if you skip a maintenance session. But, will it be as efficient or function as effectively as you’d like it to? Probably not! Maintenance is the number one way to protect your heating system and your comfort. When our technicians complete a tune-up and inspection, as well as any necessary repairs afterward, your system performance and comfort improves through:
- Lower energy bills
- Reduced repair needs
- Extended HVAC equipment use
“How About If I Just Bought My Furnace Though?”
Is your furnace brand new? We mean, you just bought it for this heating season? Then no, you don’t need to schedule a maintenance appointment. As long as you had your system professionally installed, there’s no need to worry. If you’ve had your furnace or heating system for a year or more though, then it’s “old” enough to need routine tune-ups.
Even a furnace that has been installed just a year ago can benefit from maintenance. Also, some warranties are only valid if you have routine tune-ups. Also, maintenance minimizes wear and tear, reducing the chances of a sudden breakdown when your furnace does start aging.
“Is It Ever Too Early for Maintenance?”
Nope! There’s actually no wrong time to have maintenance done. It matters more about how consistently you have it done. For a furnace, this means you should have maintenance done once a year. For a year-round heat pump system, tune-ups should be every 6 months.
Now that said, we do recommend heating maintenance be done in the fall. The reason for that is because it’s before you need the system the most, and it’s also the least likely time that our technicians will be out on emergency service calls. This means you can schedule tune-ups on your schedule, at your convenience.
“Shouldn’t I Save My HVAC Budget for Repairs?”
You will certainly need a few repairs over the years as your heater succumbs to natural wear and tear. What you shouldn’t need though is to deal with complete system breakdowns brought on by neglecting your heater.
Something simple, like lubrication wearing down on a motor bearing, can lead to big problems, like a burnt-out motor. But this is something we can catch during maintenance, therefore preventing this expensive issue. So, maintenance helps you save money!