Why You Need to Schedule a Heating Maintenance

According to energy.gov, heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system, making up about 42 percent of your utility bill.

Why spend so much on something that doesn’t actually work?

Many people view heating system maintenance as an “extra” or “unnecessary” cost, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting a seasonal heating unit check from a licensed contractor can save you a lot of money in the long term.

A professional will have a thorough checklist for residential heating maintenance. They can even check to see if your tune-up is covered under product warranty. You run the risk of seriously hurting yourself and your HVAC system by attempting a maintenance assessment yourself.

Here is our guide on the importance of maintaining your home heating equipment.

The Checklist for Residential Heating Maintenance Starts with Cleaning

So many HVAC system emergencies and expensive repairs could easily be avoided if units were simply cleaned regularly. Dirt and dust buildup are inevitable, but can wreak havoc on a heating system when left unchecked.

The blower wheel, intake grills, air filters, condenser, and evaporator coil are all common parts of the heating system that accumulate debris. Once these parts are weighed down by dirt, their functioning becomes blocked and the system runs the risk of completely failing.

Routine heating maintenance services will make your heater run at optimum efficiency. Clean systems don’t house mold, pollen and other particles that can become dangerous to your health. Cleaned systems don’t burn out as easily, and will likely last longer than heating units bogged down with grime.

Heating Maintenance Services Fix Loose and Under Performing Parts

Over time essential parts of your heating unit can become worn out and loose. For example, the blower access door’s seal can loosen over time, resulting in a system that doesn’t seem to heat or run adequately. A trained professional will know what looks “good” verses what needs tightening-up.

A contractor will also check to make sure the core functions of the heating system are working up-to the model’s standard. Burners will be checked to ensure the flame is igniting correctly. The air and gas pressure will be tested and filters will be evaluated.

What’s the point of having a system that doesn’t really heat that well? Not only will underperforming and loose parts cause discomfort, they will make your system work harder than it needs to. This will waste energy and shorten the lifespan of your system.

Service Your Heating Home Equipment for Damages

The most valuable and money-saving result of a heating system tune-up is having a contractor find damage before it compromises the entire system. The drainage system and vents can leak, wiring is at risk for corrosion, the heat exchanger can rust, and condenser pumps break. Only a professional can service your heating home equipment and analyze every last detail.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Home Heating Equipment

Having your heating system inspected every year isn’t something that should be seen as “optional” if you want a unit that works well for a long time. Undertaking a tune-up regularly avoids major and expensive repairs. Taking care of your heating unit will also ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.

If you have a system that doesn’t need to over extend itself, it will use less energy and last longer. Having a fully operational system also ensures that your heating system is safe. Dirt, cracks, and overworked parts can lead to dangerous circumstances. Parts can catch on fire and even release carbon monoxide.

Even though every good contractor will follow the basics, there technically isn’t a format or industry standard to follow for a “tune up.” This is why it’s so important to choose the right kind of help. Discount “deals” might not really be doing much at all for your heating system.  It’s important to read the fine print and ask questions when hiring a HVAC professional.

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