When heating repair needs pop up, you cannot ignore them. But if you take some preventative measures, you can avoid expensive heater repairs. It doesn’t mean things won’t go wrong, but it does give you a chance to stay ahead of problems. And our team can help.
First, you can keep reading to learn about the three best ways to avoid needing repairs for as long as possible. If your unit does need heating service, you can give us a call and try to avoid expensive repairs by having us fix problems early.
Change the Air Filter
It seems like such a simple thing to do. It’s five minutes of your time to open the vent and change out the filter. But it’s something that many homeowners forget to do regularly. Changing the air filter on time, every time, can make a huge difference in your heater’s efficiency.
When your air filter gets full of dirt, it blocks airflow into your heater system. This can lead to your heater working harder to increase the airflow, which can in turn lead to overheating. But clogged air filters also allow dust and dirt to enter your heater. Over time, dust can build up and create a residue that dries up the lubrication in between parts. This can increase the chance of damage and also makes your heater work harder than it should to warm your home.
Schedule Heater Maintenance
Ideally, you should schedule an annual tune-up for your heater. It’s a great opportunity for an expert to take a very detailed look at your heater and address any problems that they notice. There may be screws and other parts that need to be tightened, bent fan blades that need to be straightened, and dust that needs to be wiped out. But our team can also make recommendations on how you use your heater to improve efficiency and lighten its load.
If you happen to have a heat pump that is an all-in-one heating and cooling system, you do need maintenance more often. You should schedule maintenance once each year for the heat pump as a heater; then once again for your heat pump as an air conditioner. That’s because your heat pump doesn’t get a break for either season. It’s working year-round to both heat and cool your home.
Identify Problems Early
Heater problems don’t happen overnight. They start as very small issues, like unusual sounds or smells coming from your heater. If you ignore them, the problem only gets worse and spreads throughout your unit. Addressing a problem the first time you notice it can cost much less than ignoring it and waiting for your heater to break down completely. This includes monitoring your energy bills. If you receive a gas or electricity bill that is higher than you expected, your heater could be to blame.
Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.