If you have ever found yourself wondering if you really need to shell out the money and schedule the yearly heater maintenance, you may not want to be so quick to cut that out of your budget.
You can be sailing along, and everything seems to be working fine and then one day, no heat. With regular maintenance, you can not only catch small problems before they become bigger issues, but you can help mitigate bigger problems before they cause you to spend days in the cold trying to figure out what you’re going to do right now. Regular maintenance can help alert you to small problems that indicate your heater is going to need to be replaced in the next few years. Such inspections allow you time to plan and save for a new one.
In addition, many warranties may be contingent on yearly inspections by a qualified technician. So even if your warranty covers an issue, if you have skipped inspections you may not be covered if an issue arises.
For safety reasons, experts recommend a yearly inspection to test the heater functions and make sure it is safe for your family. Not only do the vent systems need to be checked, outside termination and connections need to be inspected. Combustion gases must be analyzed, burners should be inspected for proper ignition, wiring should be checked for corrosion and damage. In addition, filters should be checked and changed no less than every three months.
Heat pumps should also be regularly inspected, if your house has one. Items like refrigerant should be inspected to make sure there are no leaks. Airflow should be measured to make sure there are no unsafe conditions created by running the heater or heat pump.