Is Skipping Heating Maintenance Ever A Good Idea?
We’ve caught a bit of a break in Connecticut so far this fall where weather is concerned (it’s about time we caught SOME kind of break in 2020, isn’t it?), with temperatures reaching into the 70s well into November. An Indian summer could even make it tempting to skip your annual heating maintenance – especially with money as tight as it is for many of us.
The problem is that skipping your heating tune-up typically doesn’t actually save you money – in fact, it usually costs you money, both in the long run and perhaps even now.
For starters, you’ll lose about five percent (5%) efficiency every year you skip maintenance – which means heating maintenance will just about pay for itself by preserving equipment efficiency. Routine maintenance will also help technicians spot and fix small problems that could turn into big, expensive problems if left untreated.
Why People Skip Their Heating Tune-up
Here are three other reasons we often hear customers use to justify skipping annual heating maintenance – and why each of them is flawed:
- “I got a tune-up last year, and everything is working just fine!” – There are two problems with this way of thinking.
- First, some signs of a heating system problem, such as a telltale imbalance of exhaust gases, can be difficult to spot without the right equipment and training.
- Second, skipping routine heating maintenance can void your equipment warranty – a problem you won’t see coming until the manufacturer won’t honor your coverage in the midst of a major, needed repair.
- “If I change my filters, my equipment will be fine.” – Yes, changing (or washing, depending on the model) your air filters regularly is a key to keeping your heating system running efficiently. But it takes a lot more than filter changes to keep your furnace in top condition.
Today’s high-tech furnaces and boilers need regular professional attention from a qualified technician, especially after a long winter’s worth of wear and tear.
- “I’ll fix my equipment if and when it breaks.” – The problem here, again, is that you’ll end up spending a lot more for a repair than you will for maintenance. Also, keep in mind that a heating repair is most likely to happen when your furnace or boiler is under stress – that is, on the coldest days of the year.
That also happens to be right when everyone else’s equipment breaks down – which means you’ll probably be waiting in your cold house (or in a hotel room) for emergency service!
The Bottom Line
Just like maintenance for your car, routine maintenance is a must-have for your home heating system. Don’t gamble with your furnace or boiler – maintain it every year with a NATE-licensed, highly trained heating expert like the ones we have here at Casey Energy. Our pros will work quickly, neatly and safely with our contactless service to get your heating system running at its best and most reliable for the Connecticut winter.
For expert heating maintenance in northern Fairfield and northern Westchester counties, trust the pros at Casey Energy. Contact us today to learn more!