Winter may be more or less over in the next week or two, but there are still some things you should know for keeping your heating system in top condition next winter. The following tips will help save you money, and even extend the lifespan of your heater if you follow them consistently. Read on to find out how to keep your heating system in top condition when next winter arrives.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Regardless of the heating system you’re using, the problems that are likely to affect it probably aren’t going to give off any obvious symptoms until they’ve had time to develop for a while. That means that you likely aren’t going to notice that your system is dealing with some sort of issue until it’s had plenty of time to be damaged by it. That’s not the best time to start taking steps to remedy whatever the problem is. You want to have the problem found and fixed before it has a chance to cause damage. That means scheduling preventive maintenance for it.
A preventive maintenance appointment gives your technician the opportunity to examine your system closely, and identify any areas that are either currently experiencing problems or might do so in the near future. These issues can then be fixed before they progress far enough to cause any damage. You can save potentially thousands of dollars in repair costs over the life of your heater by scheduling preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Maintenance also increases the heating efficiency of most systems by a significant amount.
Call for Repairs if Necessary
Even with consistent preventive maintenance, there is no guarantee that your system will avoid developing problems. The longer you have your heating system, the greater the chance that it will develop a problem at some point between appointments. When that happens, the best thing to do is to call for repairs right away. You may not be able to prevent all of the damage the problem can cause, but you can mitigate it as much as possible.
There are many different signs that your heating system is not working the way it should be. Some common signs that occur in many heating system types include:
- Strange Noises: You know what your heater sounds like when it’s running. Call a technician if it starts to make any noises that it normally doesn’t.
- Falling Heating Output: If your heater isn’t heating very well, that should be a clear warning sign that something isn’t right.
- Failure to Start: If your heater isn’t starting, or it is and then it stops again within a couple of minutes, you might have a serious issue.
These are just a few of the signs that could indicate a heating problem. If you have any reason to be suspicious of your heating system, make sure that you call a technician to take a look at it.
Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. offers heating maintenance and repair services in Oakland, CA. If you need help with your heating system, contact us today for an appointment.