Have you ever thought about how well your car would operate if you routinely skipped vehicle maintenance? Chances are that you’re pretty good about getting your oil changed and your tires rotated. You likely get the air filters changed and wash your car too. This maintenance sets your car up for success, right?
Well, the same concept can apply to your heating system. Routine heating maintenance is a service that sets your home up for winter success! Read on to learn how.
Maintenance Reduces Repair Needs
Did you know that routine heating maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs your heating system may ever need in its lifetime? How this works is that during maintenance, we thoroughly inspect your heating system for any signs of wear and tear. Wear and tear is natural, but when it is ignored, it can have a domino effect inside the system and cause other components to fail.
That is when heaters really struggle and need more urgent–and usually more expensive–repairs. But when you’re alerted to small repair needs during maintenance and get them on your schedule right away, they never have the chance to grow into those much more dramatic repair needs.
Maintenance Improves Efficiency
Over the years, the efficiency of your heater starts to deteriorate. This is one of those “wear and tear” things we talked about above. Various components start wearing down and they cause the system to have to run longer and essentially “work harder” in order to do its job.
Routine heating maintenance, however, slows that process down. During maintenance, our technicians lubricate moving parts, replace worn down components, and perform general upkeep on your system. For every year you skip maintenance, your heater drops about 5% of its efficiency. Alternatively, if you have furnace maintenance done once a year, your heater may be able to retain 95% of its original efficiency rating throughout its entire lifespan.
Maintenance Extends Equipment Lifespan
Speaking of your heater’s lifespan, another big benefit of routine maintenance is the potential to extend the lifespan of the heating equipment. Our technicians are able to catch small issues before they have the opportunity to grow into emergencies, like we mentioned above. It also helps us stay on top of wear and tear for you. As a result, your heater can perform reliably throughout it’s lifespan–which for a well-maintained HVAC system is about 10-15 years.
Maintenance Improves Safety
Look, your heating system is not inherently dangerous. However, if you don’t have it regularly maintained, it can become so. This is especially true if you have a gas powered system. Gas-powered furnaces have a component in them called a heat exchanger, which collects combustion gas that shouldn’t enter your indoor air. In an ill-maintained furnace, however, the heat exchanger can develop cracks, and therefore potentially expose your household occupants to dangerous CO.
Electric heaters don’t get you off the hook either–maintenance allows us to closely examine all the electrical components and make sure there is no damage or fraying there.