To an extent, heating repairs are inevitable. After all, heating systems degrade over time like everything else. The primary goal, however, should be to ensure that your heating system lasts as long as physically possible before needing replacement. Frequent need for repair is often caused by a lack of proper maintenance, which shortens the life of your system. Let’s examine some of the things you can do to ensure that your heating system lasts as long as possible.
This is the biggest determining factor in the longevity of your heating system. Do you schedule regular, professional maintenance on your heater? If not, you should. It is recommended that you schedule maintenance at least once a year for your heating system, often during the fall.
Conducting regular maintenance ensures that your heating system is in top condition when you need it most. It prevents frustrating and uncomfortable problems, like having your system break in the middle of winter. It also catches small issues before they have a chance to grow into large problems. Something small, like a dirty air filter, can easily be replaced for very little cost. If left alone, however, that small problem can grow into something much more expensive to fix, like a cracked heat exchanger.
Chances are you don’t possess the expert knowledge to be able to repair your heating system by yourself. That’s okay, actually, because there are still things you can do to make sure your heating system stays in good shape. As discussed above, your air filter is a relatively easily replaced part that serves a vital role in forced air heating systems. Make sure you check and replace your air filter at least once a month.
You should also call your HVAC technician as soon as you notice anything odd with your heating system. Are there cold spots when you turn your heating on? Are odd sounds coming from the central unit? Is your heater constantly turning on and off? Calling a professional instead of ignoring the problem is one of the best ways to preserve your heating system and prevent costly heating repair.
If you are having problems with your heater, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We conduct heating repairs throughout the Yucaipa area.