Think about a situation where your boiler or furnace breaks down in the middle of the heating season when it’s extremely chilly. Wouldn’t you consider that an emergency? Most homeowners would. The good thing is that most heating emergencies can always be postponed or eliminated when a little action is taken and provisions are put in place. It can take as little as scheduling for furnace tune-up every year or as much as ensuring that your heating unit is always in its best shape. All the same, it may also depend on exactly what you would consider an emergency. For instance, your heating unit could require repair before the heating season but you find the cost too high for you to cater for at the moment! Whichever your situation, below are some tips for the homeowner on how to avoid heating repair emergencies.
1. Have Minor Heating Repair Problems Fixed ASAP
Most heating repair emergencies occur when homeowners fail to respond to common tell tale signs of a malfunctioning heating unit. It could be that your system isn’t producing enough heat, or is heating up your home inconsistently but is still working. These minor problems mostly end up escalating into major issues that could cause your heating system to break down completely out of the blues. To avoid getting caught off guard, avoid delaying minor repairs or postponing issues as much as you can.
2. Proper Heating System Maintenance
Your heating system works best when it is properly maintained and taken good care of. This includes routine maintenance that you personally conduct all year round as well as annual professional tune-ups by a reputed HVAC professional. A well-maintained HVAC system is not only less likely to encounter emergency breakdowns; it will also work more efficiently and last longer. Heating system maintenance may include changing filters, lubricating parts, cleaning the equipment, tightening loose belts, and making appropriate adjustments, among others.
3. Replace Your Older Furnace Instead Of Investing In Heating Repair
Most home heating systems typically deliver a useful lifespan of about 15 years pr so, depending on factors such as type and how well they’re taken care of/maintained. When heating systems get older, their efficiency and performance levels tend to drop significantly. It may be time to your heating unit when it starts to consistently show performance problems and its warranty has expired, especially if it has seen its better days already. Replacing the unit early enough can help avoid heating repair emergencies such as when the unit breaks down in the middle of a cold front.
If your furnace or boiler is old and begins to show costly breakdowns more often than usual, it may be time to have it replaced to avoid emergency breakdowns. Also, if you find that the cost to repair your furnace is 50% or more of a new one it is advisable to replace it. Other tell tale signs that your old heating unit needs replacement may include a dramatic increase in your heating energy bills, strange noises that don’t seem to go away, and if it has already served you for more than 15-20 years.