Here in North Carolina, the heat and the humidity of summer tends to get more attention than our relatively mild winter seasons do. Just because our winters may be mild when compared to those areas dealing with heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures, however, does not mean that your heating system is any less important than your air conditioner. It may not be used as heavily or for as long a period throughout the year as your AC, but it still sees plenty of playing time.
With cooler weather on the way, we want to use this blog post to answer one of the most common questions that we hear. When should I schedule heating maintenance? The answer to that question, as you’ll see, is pretty straightforward, so we’re also going to remind you of why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance in Raleigh, NC in accordance with this schedule. Our technicians are the ones to trust with the job.
When to Schedule Heating Maintenance
The quick answer to this question is: right now! As we mentioned above, cooler weather is definitely headed our way. One mistake that homeowners make all too frequently is waiting for the weather to really cool down, only to discover that they need their heater sooner than they realize. Then they put it into rotation, and convince themselves that it’s fine to wait it out for another season.
The fact is, though, that your heater absolutely must be tuned up annually. Never double down on heating seasons between your maintenance services. Doing so is going to have a number of negative consequences. It may not happen right away, but problems will arise if you decide that the benefits of routine maintenance are not worth a yearly service visit.
Why Is It So Important?
Even though we don’t live in an area with the most brutal winters around, your heater is still going to see plenty of action during the heating season. The work that it does is going to take a toll, and your system will accrue some general wear and tear in the winter months. That is unavoidable, and it doesn’t have to lead to big problems — provided that you schedule maintenance to have that wear and tear dealt with before forcing your heater to do it all again.
Routine heating maintenance is more involved than some people may realize. There are certain steps that you can take to help maintain your system on your own, such as changing the air filter as needed. Typically, this is every 1-3 months. Professional maintenance is much, much more than a simple filter change, though.
When we tune up your system, we complete a thorough inspection and cleaning of the system. We’ll test electrical contacts, as well as the power draw from and supply to the system. We’ll lubricate all moving parts as needed, and we’ll check your thermostat for proper functionality. Ducts may be visually inspected, components tightened, and wiring tested. It’s a big job that will help your system to operate at peak performance and efficiency levels, and as reliably as possible.
Schedule your heating maintenance with Raleigh Heating & Air, and be sure to inquire about the benefits of our comprehensive maintenance program.