With chillier temperatures for at least the next couple of months, you may be wondering if your aging or struggling heater has what it takes to see it through the rest of winter and early spring. If you skipped fall maintenance, this can be a big concern.
Will you have a heater breakdown on one of the coldest days of the year? Should you have your system inspected? Is maintenance worth it this late in the season?
The answers are: Maybe, Yes, and Absolutely!
Read on as we uncover the importance of consistent heating maintenance, no matter the time of year.
Yes, You Need Maintenance Every Year
It’s entirely possible you’ll get through winter without maintenance. But if you have an aging heater, or one that’s been experiencing problems lately, do you really want to chance it? Also, no matter how old your system is, it cannot be as efficient and effective as possible without consistent tune-ups. When you invest in professional maintenance from our team, you can count on:
- Decreased energy bills
- Fewer repair needs
- Longer HVAC system lifespan
What If Your Furnace Is New?
If you just had your furnace professionally installed this year, then it should have been inspected during installation. Therefore, no, you don’t need to schedule a tune-up right now. But if you’ve had your heater for over a year, then yes, you need to schedule your first maintenance session.
Some owners go for three or four years without a tune-up, only to discover a lot more expensive problems because they waited. Investing in regular, consistent maintenance minimizes the wear and tear on your system, keeping your new furnace in great condition for the years to come.
During maintenance, our technicians do a complete inspection of your system and during that inspection, your system may reveal a repair need you were unaware of. Addressing that repair need now means preventing a domino effect of failing parts inside your furnace or heating system.
Consistent Maintenance Keeps Your Heater Safe
This is especially true if you have a gas-powered heater. That’s not to say that gas-powered systems are inherently dangerous. But if they’re not properly cared for, they certainly can become so. Gas heaters have components such as heat exchangers that can become corroded and worn down over time, leading to potentially harmful carbon monoxide leaks.
Even electrical heating systems can run into safety issues if not checked out by a professional on a regular basis. If you have a furnace or boiler, you should be arranging for maintenance once a year. If you have a heat pump system, this should be bumped up to twice a year since you use the system year-round.
Is Maintenance Costly?
Let’s put it this way: consistent maintenance can help prevent up to 85% of the repair needs your furnace or heating system may ever need in its lifespan. That means you’re not spending money on repairs. In fact, what you spend on maintenance will be a lot less than you’d otherwise spend on unexpected emergency repairs and potentially even premature replacement.