If you wait for a frosty morning to think about scheduling your annual heating system inspection and cleaning, it may be too late. This routine maintenance on your furnace, boiler or heat pump ensures it will be ready to work when you need it. It also prevents expensive emergency repairs and serious dangers in your home.
Having your heating system inspected every year gives a technician the opportunity to check for any issues and make repairs before they turn into bigger problems or an emergency repair call.
Annual maintenance of your heating system will catch issues before they become real problems. There are several reasons heating systems breakdown, and many of them can be identified during routine maintenance. Skip this step, and you may have a major repair on your hands. We all know that a breakdown will also usually occur during a particularly cold time when you can’t be without heat. Preventing a failure now will give you peace of mind you can depend on your system when you need it.
More than 50% of heating system repairs are caused by lack of maintenance. Heating system repairs can be costly. Finding an issue early typically means a smaller repair. Finding and repairing a smaller issue can prevent a large, much more costly repair in the future.
The National Fire Protection Association says Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes. Heating equipment fires are the second most common cause of fire, second only to cooking fires. Heating systems create combustion to make heat. This process is a perfect set up for a fire when tolerances go unchecked, and parts uncleaned. Don’t risk a fire in your home by neglecting routine inspection.
A well-maintained, cleaned heating system operates much more efficiently. The efficiency of your system directly impacts the amount of heating energy your home consumes. When heating systems are not maintained, the have to work harder, and this uses more energy. Keep your unit running at its most efficient and you will save on energy costs each year.
Heating systems that get regular maintenance definitely have longer lifespans. Since a new heating system is extremely expensive, and a big disruption to your home, it sure makes sense to make it last as long as possible. Keep up with annual inspections, done by a licensed technician, for a system that will last 15 to 20 years.
A very dangerous consequence of a cracked heat exchanger in your furnace is carbon monoxide gas leaks escaping into your home. Called the “Silent Killer” carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. Regular inspections will keep you and your family safe.
Your home’s heating system is directly linked to your home’s indoor air quality. When your heating system is operating at peak efficiency and is well maintained, it will keep you not just warm, but also healthier. When it’s not working as it should, your furnace can decrease your indoor air quality, leading to respiratory issues. Other symptoms such as excess tiredness, poor concentration, and poor sleeping are also related to indoor air quality.
Most manufacturer’s product warranties include maintaining regular, professional maintenance on their equipment. Failure to do this and your warranty may be void. This can lead to major expenses should you have a part or equipment failure covered under warranty. Make sure you are protecting yourself financially.
Warm Waters has licensed, experienced heating technicians available to perform a complete inspection and cleaning of your heating system. We work on all types of systems, and all fuel sources, and we’d love to help you keep your system in tip-top shape!