Hey, you know what would be terribly inconvenient? Having your heating system break down in the middle of winter. You know what’s fairly likely to happen in some fashion if you don’t do anything about it? Having your heater break down in the middle of winter.
The best way to make sure that this does not happen is to schedule preventive maintenance for your heater, regardless of what kind you’re using. Preventive maintenance doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have problems, nor does going without it guarantee that you will. However, preventive maintenance is a great way to lower the chances of problems developing as much as possible.
Addressing Problems as Early as Possible
Most heating problems you’re likely to deal with do not have obvious symptoms, at least not at first. They tend to develop very slowly over time, gradually inflicting more damage to the system until their negative effects become very apparent. You don’t want to wait for obvious signs that your heater is in need of repairs because by the time you notice those signs, you will likely have to pay more to resolve them.
Preventive maintenance involves a close inspection of your entire heating system, during which your technician will isolate any problems. These problems can then be dealt with before they develop far enough to threaten the system. Heating systems that receive regular preventive maintenance have been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t. They’ve also been found to be up to 90% less likely to develop further problems, compared to systems that don’t receive regular maintenance.
When to Schedule Preventive Maintenance
If you want to get the maximum benefit of scheduling preventive maintenance, though, you need to do it often enough. Most heating systems can get by with one preventive maintenance appointment every fall. However, heat pumps are going to need preventive maintenance conducted at least twice a year, once in spring and once in fall. This is because they’re used year-round, and as such they wear down much faster than other climate control systems.
Fall maintenance is typically the best time for heating maintenance because it ensures that the system has no preexisting problems before winter starts. Your heating system will be most able to cope with the added demand of winter after receiving fall maintenance. Even if you don’t manage to have maintenance done on your heating system until later in the winter, though, it’s better to schedule it later than never. Remember that bypassing maintenance entirely for the year will make it much more likely for a problem of some kind to occur with your heating system during the winter, when you need it the most. So, make sure that you schedule maintenance for your system as soon as possible, if you haven’t already.
Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling provides heating maintenance services of all kinds in Montgomery County, PA. If you haven’t had maintenance done on your system yet, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.