The Maynard Man wants to know, have you scheduled your
heating tune-up yet? Sure, temperatures are relatively mild for now. But with
nighttime temps dipping into the 40’s, soon enough you’re going to want your
furnace, or heat pump system working on an hourly basis.
Of course, you can’t reliably expect it to do this as
efficiently and effectively as possible if you skip maintenance! Maintenance
tune-ups give our staff the opportunity to fully inspect your heater. With this
inspection, we look for components that need adjusting. We also clean the
system thoroughly, and alert you to repair needs. Taking care of these repair
needs now ensures your heater will be
well-equipped to keep you comfortable all winter long.
Read on as The Maynard Man uncovers why routine professional
heating tune-ups are so vital!
Consistency Is Key
HVAC professionals will often recommend you have your
heating maintenance done in the beginning of fall. This is because it’s when
techs are the least busy. They’ll be less likely to be out on emergency HVAC
calls and tending to other repair needs. But what matters most when it comes to
heating maintenance is actually consistency.
We care more that you schedule a tune-up once a year than we
do whether or not you schedule it in fall. This consistency will ensure that
your heater is always ready to operate as efficiently and effectively as
possible. By being consistent, you’ll
help your system be:
Safer: If you
have a gas-powered heater, this is a point you want to pay attention to. We
aren’t saying that these systems are inherently
dangerous, but without proper care they certainly can be. Cracked heat
exchangers can lead to gas and carbon monoxide leakage. In the best case
scenario, this can lead to mild symptoms like dizziness and headaches. In
severe cases, this can and has led to fatalities.
More Efficient: No
matter what type of heater you have, it will start losing energy efficiency the
longer it goes without maintenance. In fact, it’s estimated that for each year
you skip a tune-up, your HVAC system loses about 5% of its original efficiency
rating. On the contrary, if you keep up with your routine maintenance you can
expect that system to retain 95% of its original efficiency throughout its
More Reliable: When
you skip maintenance, small problems can be missed. It could be something as
seemingly benign as a worn down motor bearing. But what happens when a small
problem is missed like this is it has a domino effect on other components of
your system. Suddenly, a worn motor bearing could lead to an overheated motor, and a completely broken down
furnace or heat pump system.
Longer Lasting: When
your heater works more efficiently and when you keep up on its repair needs
with routine tune-ups, it has the ability to last longer. A well-cared for
heater can last about 10-15 years, depending on the heater type and the
manufacturer. An ill-maintained heater, however, may only last half that time.