Taking care of your heating system is one of your most important tasks as a homeowner. It’s easy to lose track of this as the year goes on, however, since your heating equipment is mostly out of sight and out of mind. To keep your gear in good working order, consider getting on a regular schedule of heating system check-ups and maintenance work with a proven, experienced contractor in this field.
To find that contractor, you don’t have to look any further than Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric. We have helped residents and businesses in and around Dallas for generations, and our reputation speaks for itself at this point. Get in touch today to learn more.
The Best Time for a Heating System Check-Up
For the simple answer to the best time for a heating system check-up is prior to winter. In the Dallas area, it’s really only the winter months that require the use of your heater – we experience rather warm weather throughout the rest of the year. So, before you ask your system to jump into action and keep your home warm and comfortable over the holidays and into the new year, make sure a trained professional like those at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric have thoroughly reviewed it.
So, when should you have a check-up in the weeks leading up to winter? The specific date doesn’t matter too much, but you’ll want to make sure we do the job before the first cold days arrive in the Metroplex. As a starting point, October is a good month to target for your heating system check-up, since most HVAC companies aren’t quite as busy as they are when summer is in full swing and customers need AC installation and repair services.
Check out our WAM Plan! Which sets you up for an annual maintenance plan to target these issues and save you money in the long run.
Going Beyond the Annual Visit
Having your system inspected and maintained annually (hopefully via the WAM Plan) is a good baseline for heating system care. But that’s not the end of the story. In addition to that annual work, it’s also important to have the system checked out anytime you notice something unusual or out of the ordinary. Some examples include the following –
Costly heating. If you are surprised by the high total on your energy bill during the winter months, consider the possibility your system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be. Some maintenance and repair work may improve that efficiency and hopefully bring down the bill a bit in the process.
Strange noises. Hearing things you aren’t used to hearing from your heating system is another sign you should have it evaluated by a professional. Even if those sounds aren’t causing problems currently, they could be a sign of trouble ahead.
Struggling to warm the space. This might be the first thing you notice when your system isn’t quite working right – the house just doesn’t heat up as it should. A system that needs some maintenance might not get your home up to your desired temperature, or it might take longer than it should to do the job, using up extra energy in the process.
When a Heating System Check-Up Isn’t Enough
In most cases, simply having a professional team check the system and provide basic maintenance will be enough to set you up for a comfortable winter. With that said, HVAC equipment doesn’t last forever, and you might need to think about replacement rather than repair sometime soon. As the costs associated with tending to your aging heating system piles up, the math might come out in your favor if you simply decide to start over with new gear.
By having new equipment installed, you can get better performance, use less energy, and have more control over how your system heats your home all winter long. It can be hard to get over the initial, upfront cost of that new system, but the many benefits that come with that investment will show themselves soon enough. In fact, if you can skip just two or three repairs that would have been required to your old system, you may get close to what it will cost to buy and install new gear just like that.
Get Advice from the Experts
While it’s good to have a general understanding of how your heating system works and what kinds of care it needs, you don’t need to be an expert on this topic – because that’s where we come in. At Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric, our knowledgeable and friendly team will make this process a breeze. Thank you for stopping by and we can’t wait to serve you!