As fall approaches and the temperature drops, it is time to turn off the AC and turn on the heater. As the days grow cooler, you will need your heater more often. This transitional season is the best time to have your heater maintained. You will also want to make sure your heater is ready for the stresses of winter. Regular maintenance can help keep your heater functioning all winter long.
Benefits of Maintenance
Regular maintenance is a great way to keep your heater running well in the long term. Much like your car, parts will wear. Filters will need to be replaced, and parts will need to be cleaned and even replaced. By committing to yearly maintenance, you will catch any problems early. A minor problem with a duct or other part can be fixed before it breaks and leaves you in the cold.
Regular maintenance will also extend the life of your unit. If your unit has to work harder, it will wear out faster. Electrical and mechanical issues will shorten the life of your heater and leave you needing to buy a new one much sooner than expected.
Your air quality will also be higher. For instance, changing the filters and cleaning the ducts will clear out all the built-up dust. This keeps it from blowing back into your home.
A technician can catch issues that will make your heater struggle and work inefficiently. This helps save your heater from wear and tear that will leave you replacing it quickly. You will also enjoy lower and more predictable energy bills. A worn-out belt or malfunctioning thermostat can make your heater work harder. This will raise your bills over time.
Your technician can also catch any dangerous issues early. Cracks and gaps can form in the system that allows dangerous carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
With a yearly maintenance schedule, you will save money and stay warm during those chilly West Deptford, New Jersey, winters.
Why Fall Is the Best Time
Maintenance may be important, but you may be wondering why you should aim for fall. The simple answer is that you should aim to maintain your system right before you will begin using it for the year. If you maintain your system in the spring, your system will have all summer to degrade or accumulate dirt and debris. The heat of summer can damage soft materials like rubber. The temperature changes can also damage seals. Checking during fall lets any of this damage be caught early.
Your filters and ducts will also be clean when you start using your heater again. If you leave off on maintenance or schedule it for another time, it is very possible dust will build up and reduce your heater’s efficiency. You may also see dangerous cracks develop during the hot summer months. The intense heat of summer can easily damage parts of a system designed to work during cooler temperatures.
You should aim to have your heater maintained right as the temperatures start to drop and stay cold. Maintenance will clean your heater and lubricate all the moving parts. A technician will also make sure that there are no dangerous leaks. When your maintenance is done right before you use your furnace, you have the peace of mind that your heater will function safely all winter. Opting for yearly maintenance will keep your household safe.
Having yearly maintenance will extend your heater’s lifespan. Unmaintained heaters will rarely work for more than 10 years. Keeping up on maintenance will allow your system to last for 15-20 years. This saves you money over the years. A well-maintained heating system will also be a highlight if you ever decide to sell your home.
Scheduling your maintenance for the same time of year will help you remember to get it done. You can also schedule your maintenance ahead of time so you don’t need to stress out, and we can make your appointments months in advance for you so that you can set it and forget it.
Rely on the Pros
Regular maintenance will save your heater from failing when you need it most. Campbell Comfort Systems can help. We can handle repairs and installations for your home’s cooling systems. We can also help with indoor air quality and home energy audits. Contact us today and schedule your fall heater maintenance.