The Maynard Man here! Nighttime temperatures have already begun to drop a bit and with the official start of fall here, it’s time for homeowners to turn their attention from their cooling efforts to getting their heaters prepped for winter.
What does this mean? It means ensuring that your heater is well maintained! Why does this matter? Because of your safety. This is especially true with a gas-powered heater. Over the years, your heater accumulates wear and tear, and without routine maintenance this means the heat exchangers can accumulate damage, leaving you with cracked components.
A cracked heat exchanger will allow dangerous gasses—namely, carbon monoxide—to leak out and into your living space. This is a hazardous and harmful substance that can make homeowners very ill and can even be fatal in large amounts. Safety isn’t the only reason you should invest in annual heating maintenance, though! Read on to learn all the ways you’ll benefit.
How Residents Benefit From Heating Tune-Ups
- Reduced Repairs: No heater repair need is convenient, but one way to make it even more inconvenient is to experience a complete heating system breakdown with no warning whatsoever. By the time a heater completely breaks down like this, it’s likely accumulated so much damage that you’ll spend far more than you would have for a small repair that could have been caught during a tune-up.
- Improved Efficiency: A clean system is an efficient system! When there is nothing blocking airflow, your forced-air heater can simple perform better. When airflow is blocked, homeowners are tempted to turn up the thermostat, thinking that’s the problem—this is a waste of energy!
- Extended Equipment Life: A heater’s lifespan is determined first by how properly it’s installed, no matter the make or model. But it can’t perform flawlessly based on its installation only. Heaters accumulate natural wear and tear over time—components need replacing now and then, the system needs to be cleaned out, and each unit should be inspected for repair needs.
- Greater Comfort: When a system is thoroughly cleaned and repair needs are managed right away, you can rely on better home comfort, from a heater you know will make it through the months of cold weather we contend with here in Nashville.
“How Often Should I Schedule Heating Maintenance?”
That’s a great question. The Maynard Man recommends you schedule comprehensive, professional maintenance for your heating system once a year. If you have a heat pump that you use for both heating and cooling, then you should schedule maintenance tune-ups every 6 months.
Getting on a maintenance schedule is far more important than the time of year you have this service done. Though, we do recommend that you schedule your heating system maintenance before you actually need the equipment on a daily basis. That makes right now the perfect time to do it!
Discover even more benefits when you enroll in The Maynard Man’s Healthy Home Plan! This is our maintenance program that offers residents regularly scheduled tune-ups in addition to repair and replacement discounts, 24-hour service, priority scheduling, and much more.