If you’ve lived in Salt Lake City for even just a year, then it’s no secret to you that it’s vital to have an efficient and effective heater in place. After all, it does get very cold here!
But if you really want to rely on a heater to keep you and your household comfortable all fall and winter, then you need to schedule routine maintenance. Professional heater tune-ups are a lot more involved than many homeowners realize, and shouldn’t be left to a DIY project or to an amateur. Read on to learn why!
“Why Can’t I Just Tune My Own System Up?”
Admittedly, there are some basic maintenance tasks you can do on your own. For example, you should change your furnace or heat pump’s air filter every 1-3 months during periods you actually use your heating system.
You should also ensure that the area surrounding your heating system is clear of clutter and debris. This is important for furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, etc.
All that said, these tasks barely scratch the surface of what happens during professional heating maintenance.
“Okay, So What Do the Pros Do Then?”
There’s actually quite a lot that happens during this professional service!
Sure, we check the air filter to ensure that it isn’t too dirty or clogged to effectively help your heater out. We also will do a thorough cleaning of your system, inside and out. Most importantly, we’re going to adjust components that need it and let you know if you have any pending repair needs. Other steps include:
- Lubricating all the moving parts of your heater.
- Checking electrical connections for functionality and safety. This includes controls, the thermostat, and more.
- Checking for proper voltage and amperage levels.
- Checking for refrigerant leaks (if it is a heat pump).
- Checking that your heat exchangers aren’t damaged (if it is a furnace).
In addition to improving your overall comfort, heating maintenance benefits your safety, too. All the gas connections will be evaluated if you’re using a gas-powered system. Also, your burners and heating elements will all be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. This includes checking for cracks in the heat exchanger, which could otherwise lead to harmful carbon monoxide exposure.
If You’re Not Convinced Yet That You Need Maintenance…
Consider this! Maintenance contributes to your heater’s longevity and efficiency, as well as how powerfully it performs. All heaters accumulate natural wear and tear, especially in a climate like ours where they’re used consistently during the winter. This is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to lead to emergency repairs or surprise breakdowns.
While allowing natural wear and tear to go unchecked for years will lead to problems, having routine maintenance done will ensure that you get through each fall and winter with as relatively few unpleasant surprises as possible. This is because during maintenance, we thoroughly inspect your system. If there are any potential or growing problems, we’ll let you know right away so you can get them on your schedule. The sooner the problem is fixed, the less likely you’ll be to get a nasty surprise.