Are you still waiting to schedule your heating maintenance appointment? Look, we get it, that’s the absolute last thing you want to worry about right now. With the current state of the world and the country, you want to think about your family’s health and safety, how you’re going to remotely celebrate the holidays, and maybe even your indoor air quality. Your heater is there, and that’s fine.
But what if the service you got from your heater could be great? What if you could pay less for your energy use and keep your home comfortable all winter long? This is possible! It’s possible by staying on top of your heating maintenance sessions. This should be done once a year for a standard furnace or boiler and twice a year for heat pump systems. But what actually happens during these maintenance tune-ups?
What All Goes Into Professional Heating Maintenance
There’s a lot! Sure, a small part of it is checking your air filter to ensure there isn’t a dirty or clogged one in place. We do a thorough cleaning of the entire system as well. Most importantly, we adjust the components that need it and keep an eye out for repair needs that may exist so we can alert you and you can get them on your schedule.
We do things like:
- Lubricate the moving parts in your heater.
- Check for proper functionality of all components.
- Check the controls, thermostat, any and all electrical connections.
- Check for proper voltage and amperage levels to ensure home safety.
- Check for refrigerant leaks if you are using a heat pump system.
In addition to your comfort and the longevity of your heater, we want you to be safe. During heating maintenance, all the gas connections will be evaluated, if you are indeed using a gas-powered heater. Your burners and heating elements will be checked and cleaned as well. Something like a cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide exposure and an unhealthy situation for you and your family.
“Do I Really Need Maintenance?”
Think about it this way—maintenance is what helps your heater last as long as it can, and work as efficiently as possible in the meantime. As your furnace, boiler, or heat pump system works hard all fall and winter to keep your home warm and cozy, it accumulates natural wear and tear. This is not avoidable, but it doesn’t have to mean the demise of your heater!
Allowing that natural wear and tear to go unchecked can certainly lead to detrimental problems down the road. For example, one of the things we check for during your tune-up is that there aren’t any small repair needs. If there are repair needs, we alert you to them right away so you can get them on your schedule.
Without maintenance though, you can go months or even over a year without knowing that something is wrong, and in the meantime, it’s creating a domino effect inside your system that eventually will lead to a complete system breakdown. We want to help you avoid this!