With winter on the way, high temperatures are giving way to lower ones, which means you’ll likely be using your heater much more often in the coming weeks. Soon enough, it will be on every day, if it isn’t on already. That makes now the perfect time to schedule a maintenance session for your heater. Even if it doesn’t need it, it can improve your system’s functions considerably.
What Is It?
You periodically provide tune-ups for your car, check in with the doctor for physicals and similar types of maintenance. Your heating system is no different. It gives a trained expert a chance to carefully look over your heating system and spot any potential problems that may be brewing. In some cases, those problems are very small. In other cases, they might require formal repairs. If they’re small, the technician can fix them as part of the maintenance session: unclogging a burner that’s become stopped-up with grime, for instance, or tightening a loose bolt causing the blower to rattle. If a more formal repair session is needed, the technician can schedule it with you right away and even conduct it immediately after the maintenance session to correct it provided the needed tools are in the van and ready to go.
What Kind of Benefits Does it Provide?
The main benefit to a maintenance session is catching problems before they shut your furnace down. That way, you can schedule repairs well before winter is here, and do so at a time that fits your schedule, instead of rearranging your schedule to deal with the repairs. In many cases, the repairs tend to cost less when caught early too, since the damage won’t have as much time to spread, and most of the time won’t affect as many components either.
Over and above that, however, maintenance sessions help your system perform more effectively, which saves you money in two ways. For example, clearing out a clogged burner allows the heater to warm your home faster and more effectively, which costs you less in fuel than continuing to run the system with the clog. It also lowers the strain on other components in the heater, such as the fan motor, which won’t have to run as long if you keep the burner unclogged. That means less wear and tear on the system overall, and less chance of a more serious breakdown as you get later into the winter.
Indeed, when applied over time, the real benefits of heating maintenance become clear. By lowering the wear and tear in the system overall, you can reduce the impact of repair calls later in the system’s life, and in many cases delay the day you finally need to replace the system by months or even years in some cases. When you consider the costs involved with buying a new heater, the savings the proper maintenance can bring is large indeed.
For quality heating maintenance and repair throughout the Plano, TX area, call Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning today!