When you live in California you don’t often think about your heater. But Autumn is slowly creeping in and nighttime lows keep sliding lower and lower. These cooler temperatures may tempt some of us to turn on the heater and enjoy the warmth. This can be dangerous. Your heater may not roar to life after months of not being used. Parts may have cracked. Tubes may be leaking. Toxic gas may leak you’re your home. Avoiding this problem is easy. Scheduling a maintenance appointment twice a year, once in spring for your air conditioner and once in fall for your heater can ensure that your HVAC system is working, not emitting in any harmful gasses, and is performing at peak efficiency.
Why is Heater Maintenance Important?
You wouldn’t put 200,000 miles on your car without taking it in for an oil change or a tune-up. Think of an annual service for your HVAC system as the same thing. You want to make sure that all of the moving parts and pieces that make up your HVAC system are cleaned, inspected, and adjusted to help them last longer. Before you think about turning on your heater, let’s look at 4 of the benefits of an annual heater service.
1. Lower Energy Bill
In the same way that getting a tune-up in your car can ensure efficiency, getting your heating system serviced makes sure that your unit is running at peak efficiency. Through regular maintenance, we can detect problems with your unit that could cause your utility bill to go through the roof (or release toxic fumes into your house) and solve them before things get out of control. Your technician can also tell you when it is time to start considering replacing your system before you are forced to.
2. Fewer Repairs and Less Chance of Breakdown
When you make sure to get your heater maintained on a regular basis, you help ensure that your unit is in good working order. All parts and pieces of your system will be cleaned, inspected, and adjusted at appropriate intervals. If you wait until something goes wrong, there is a stronger likelihood of needing replacement parts and installed instead of easier and less expensive repair work. Regular maintenance checks can also help catch potential problems by examining each piece of the unit for visible wear and replacing them before things actually break.
3. Longer Unit Life
By ensuring that all the pieces and parts of your heater are kept in working order you can help your system have a longer life. HVAC systems are large investments it is important to protect your investment by making sure that it gets the maintenance it needs in order to keep in in good shape and working efficiently for many years to come.
4. Safer Equipment
HVAC system inspections can reveal dangerous problems such as carbon monoxide leaks and electrical hazards. Carbon monoxide is almost impossible to spot because it is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even death. The CDC estimates that more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and more than 20,000 visit the emergency room due to exposure each year. Electrical hazards, like faulty wiring, can cause fires. Your technician will test for traces of toxins and will also check your wiring to make sure your unit is safe.
Things you can do
When it comes to the safety of your family, you want to make sure you can protect them at all costs. Getting your HVAC system serviced every year not only ensures your unit is safe it also keep your unit performing efficiently and reduces the chance of costly repairs. In addition to scheduling a maintenance service be sure to change your filters regularly, remove debris from around the outside unit, don’t allow debris to accumulate on your outdoor unit, keep foliage 18 inches from your outdoor unit, and keep supply and return registers unblocked. If you haven’t already, call us today to schedule your HVAC system service.