Heating maintenance makes lots of people think of that old maintenance man in their building or school when they were kids. No one really knew what he did or where he did it, but the idea of crawling around duct work or pipes still scares people, even all these years later.
But let’s put it this way; even the simple heating maintenance regimen we’re going to outline below will save you big on heating bills and more. Here’s how.
- Fewer repairs – Keeping things running right, and watching out for tell-tale signs mean that you can schedule an inspection or service call – now, when it’s cheaper. With just a little bit of knowledge about how your heating works, you can take care of this stuff and predict when you’ll have a problem.
- Fewer emergencies – These are just plain expensive. They can be scary, and they’re the last thing you want to deal with when the weather is actually cold. Who knows what you’ll pay if you end up desperate.
- Lower fuel costs – Every furnace, heat pump or boiler is going to age and lose efficiency. Just a little bit of regular heating will put your heating system back in shape. Moving parts get cleaned, lubricated or replaced and filters start sending clean air back into your house.
- No new furnace necessary! – That’s right! Regular heating maintenance almost always delays the inevitable – and always expensive – replacement of the whole heating system. Small problems always grow into bigger, usually more expensive issues. These can bring down your heating, and even cause dangerous or life-threatening conditions. Again, they’re always a lot more expensive, too.
During the winter months when your furnace is in regular use, the filter needs to be changed monthly, but you won’t need a maintenance man just for that.
If you call in a heating specialist, and we recommend that you do, this is what he or she will do. Remember, you’ll always pay a lot less for this heating maintenance visit than you will for a repair visit.
Your HVAC service technician will check for any sign of gas or carbon monoxide leaks. These can be among the most dangerous problems, but you should also be aware of any issues with electrical connections, or water leakage near the unit.
Outside there can be blockages from leaves, snow or similar debris. Inside, there can be soot or sediment built up on the burners. The pilot flame needs to ignite properly and all the gas valves need to be checked that they’re in good working order. They’ll want to check your belts and fan, as well as the duct work leading in and out of the fan and they’ll lubricate the fan and some other moving parts.
Accompanying a technician while they inspect and review all of these heating maintenance steps is the best thing you can do to get to know your own heating system. Your technician will also tell you exactly what heating maintenance step you can easily take care of yourself.
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