Heaters are an essential part of your HVAC system, as they help keep you and your family warm during the colder months of the year and at night while you sleep. However, if you choose not to schedule service for your heater, a variety of issues can occur. This includes potential hazards developing that could threaten the safety of you and your family.
Heater problems due to neglect are entirely avoidable by ensuring they are adequately taken care of, so here are four major reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your heating system.
Heaters Perform Poorly if They Aren’t Properly Maintained
If you don’t schedule service for your heating system, it will lose efficiency over time. This problem can mean less heat on a cold winter night, a lack of adequate airflow, and higher utility bills. There are many factors that can contribute to the wear and tear of a heater over time, as certain parts of your furnace can wear the longer they operate. Having a professional ensure that the heater is regularly inspected throughout its lifespan will allow them to catch any potential issues that could negatively impact its performance and repair them before they worsen.
There are a variety of problems that can occur if a heater does not receive routine maintenance that can be a detriment to your living conditions. Some of these problems include:
- A faulty thermostat is unable to maintain the temperature you set it to.
- Blower fans can experience issues if they run continuously.
- If the pilot light or ignition is having problems, it can be challenging to provide an adequate amount of heat.
- Your furnace can become noisy for reasons including mitigated airflow or clogs in the burners.
- Preventing and finding leaks that can jeopardize the health and safety of occupants.
Neglecting Heater Maintenance Increases Costs
Although you may want to avoid spending money on regular maintenance, maintaining your heating system does lower costs in the long run. If you don’t neglect heater maintenance, then it will reduce the chances of future repairs that will also cost money. Additionally, the longer you let minor problems exist, the more severe they will become in the future, and as a result, more costly as well.
Further, having furnace maintenance regularly will prevent high energy costs. Efficient Air Service performs a Combustion Analysis to confirm that the unit is burning the least amount of oil and make adjustments. It’s much more challenging for a heater to reach your desired home temperature if it’s dirty and in need of repairs, increasing your energy bill in the process. Performing regular maintenance will ensure that your energy bills aren’t needlessly high.
Air Flow Suffers Without Scheduled Service
Homes that don’t have scheduled service for their heater can suffer from reduced air quality. Clogged and dirty air filters restrict airflow if they are not regularly cleaned or replaced. If the belts and blower of the heater are not checked, they could function poorly and break, causing even more problems with airflow.
Regular maintenance can help to prevent small problems from becoming large expenses. Certified technicians like those at Efficient Air Service are trained to not only maintain your unit, but to help prevent expensive repairs in the future – when a unit runs at its best it saves you time and money.
Lack of Heater Maintenance Can Be Dangerous
Lastly are the safety hazards that could occur due to neglecting your heater. Homes with a gas-burning furnace might suffer from gas leaks which can be hazardous to the health of the people in your home. Additionally, carbon monoxide gas can leak and cause dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning, so consulting a professional for regular maintenance can significantly reduce the chances of these hazards from arising. Also, an overheating boiler can also lead to leaks that can damage your unit and your property. Water leaks can damage a neighbor’s home if you live in a condo, or water leaks can lead to mold growing in your home.