As is the case with any other piece of mechanical equipment, your heating gear needs to be maintained regularly to stay in proper working order. Without ongoing maintenance, parts are sure to gradually decline in performance and you will be dealing with breakdowns and efficiency issues. While no equipment is going to last forever, heater maintenance can extend the life and improve the performance of your heating system dramatically.
We can’t provide a precise guide in this article for how your equipment should be maintained, as there are too many variables involved to be that specific. Things like the type of equipment you have, the age of that equipment, and other factors will impact your maintenance schedule. However, we will outline the basics and also encourage you to reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to get on a maintenance plan that is right for your situation.
Does Heating Maintenance Matter?
Many people opt to ignore the need to maintain their HVAC system, assuming that it will just keep working properly for years to come. However, all equipment – no matter how good – will gradually break down with use. Performing regular maintenance is what allows you to get the best possible useful life out of the system in your home.
And it’s not just about avoiding a breakdown. Even if your system keeps running, it will work at a level that is below its optimal efficiency if it has not been properly serviced. Maintenance work allows the system to work at its best, using less energy to get the results you desire.
So, with the importance of heating maintenance established, when should you have this work done? The easy, and relatively obvious, answer is to have your heating maintenance performed before the cold weather arrives and you press that equipment into action day after day. So, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, that might mean scheduling some maintenance for some time in September or October. That timeline would have the work completed safely before you are going to need your heating equipment to keep the house comfortable.
Of course, HVAC companies get rather busy during this time of year, and plenty of other homeowners and businesses are getting ready to fire up their heating equipment. With that in mind, consider making an appointment as early as possible so you can secure your spot on the calendar and make sure the work is done in a timely manner.
An Easy Task for a Homeowner
There is one basic piece of heating maintenance that you can almost certainly handle on your own without any help from the professionals – changing the air filter. This is a foundational piece of heating maintenance and something that should be done multiple times per year. A new air filter for your HVAC system is inexpensive and easy to install, once you know where it goes.
If you have air conditioning that serves your home as well, you will want to stay on a steady schedule throughout the year of replacing the filter to keep everything working nicely. The frequency will depend on your specific situation, but changing the air filter at least every three months is a good starting point – and you might want to change it more often if the system is running a lot and you see it getting dirty.
Bringing in the Pros
While swapping out air filters is a great task for a homeowner, there are other parts of the maintenance process that should be left to the professionals. HVAC equipment is complex and potentially dangerous when not handled correctly. Some of the jobs that you’ll want to have your chosen team perform include cleaning the burners and oiling the blower, among other things.
Also, when you bring in a pro HVAC team, you can have the whole system inspected to look for signs of trouble and determine if any other work is needed. This is one of the best things about having a maintenance visit for your heating system – it gives you a chance to catch developing issues before they become bigger problems that you’ll need to deal with later on.
This quick introduction to heating maintenance should help you understand the basic elements of a maintenance plan that will keep your equipment on track for a long and productive life. Tailoring your maintenance schedule to the specific demands of your system is your best bet, so team up with the pros here at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to get started on this right away.