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 entire lifespan.
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.