Although homeowners know this, it’s always good to have a friendly reminder. To keep a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit running smoothly, it’s important to have it periodically checked and properly maintained. This means that it is never good to wait until the hot months or the cold months to contact an HVAC service expert for the unit. The following are some reasons why a homeowner should never wait until winter to repair their heater.
Waiting Too Long Could Be a Safety Issue for the Homeowner
When a heater isn’t properly maintained, the homeowner’s family could be in danger. Throughout the year dust and debris accumulates inside the heater. The debris and dust doesn’t disappear just because the heater isn’t in use during the warmer months.
This also does not mean that the unit won’t have problems during the winter because the unit is off during the summer. Remember the same fan works for both air conditioning and heating. Issues related to accumulated debris and dust can occur at any time of the year. Thus, a furnace cleaning is a must before the winter season starts. Cleaning the furnace will also make the air inside the home cleaner as well.
If you have a gas furnace, it is critical that that venting is checked to be sure it is operating safely. In addition, it is a major safety concern that your heat exchanger is examined for any cracks to avoid a potential serious problem.
Saving Money on Energy Bills
A HVAC unit is a significant investment. A homeowner has probably invested a huge amount of money on their heating system and can’t afford for it to break down during the winter months. To cut down on heating costs, it’s important to spend a little more money now by repairing issues that increase energy costs. These repairs include a bad burner, motor issues and leaking pipes. They all decrease the unit’s efficiency. Decrease efficiency translates higher energy bills during the winter.
Peace of Mind Regarding Potential Heating Repairs
The problem with waiting until winter to repair a heater or schedule heating maintenance is the surprise element. A broken heater is probably the nastiest surprise of the winter (besides an unexpected snow storm). This means there is more pressure to get the unit fixed immediately. It could also mean more money to make the needed repairs too.
Peace of mind involves knowing if there are any potential problems with the unit before the cold weather returns. It also gives the homeowner more time to save the money and have the work done during the fall or right before winter starts. The peace of mind will also help the homeowner know they when or if they will have to buy a new heater. Proper maintenance keeps a heater running properly for a long time. This means the homeowner may not need to replace the unit for a long time. This is the ultimate peace of mind for a homeowner.
Maintenance Now Prevents Problems Later
While maintenance can’t prevent all major problems from occurring, it can prevent a lot of potential issues. It’s never good to wait until potential issues becomes a major problem to repair it. Remember, maintenance now will prevent problems for the heater later. Make the HVAC maintenance part of the yearly home maintenance routine. This will help the homeowner get ready for the winter months and detect any potential problems with the heater.
Never Wait for the Last Minute to Maintenance or Repair the Heating Unit
Sometimes a unit may show signs of needing repair towards the end of the winter. These signs are too large to ignore. In fact, a delay in repairing the unit can create a big problem when the next winter rolls around.
Just think, units seem to typically break down at the wrong times. This can cause an extended cold period in a house if everyone is having the same problem with their heater.