Not having a working furnace or other heat source in the deepest part of winter can be downright agonizing. In some parts of the nation, a broken heat source can put a homeowners’ health at risk and result in a trip to the hospital.
Elderly, infants and even healthy adults can experience hypothermia when subjected to indoor cold temperatures over time. Even though electric or gas-powered heat may seem like just a modern convenience, some families are relying on them more than ever. Some homes don’t have fireplaces or other ways to keep them warm during winter. That is why when the heater is broken or has suddenly stopped working it needs to be quickly repaired.
The most effective way to prevent your unit from having an untimely breakdown is to have it serviced every year. An experienced technician will help keep a family comfortable. They can render any heating service that a family needs to keep them as comfortable as possible in the winter.
Heat pumps last an average of 15 years and furnaces last an average of 20. Any machine, like a car, will have a longer useful life if it is serviced regularly, and that’s also true of furnaces and other heating units. You can learn more about heating units and how to keep up with maintenance needs below.
What do heating services professionals examine during an inspection?
Depending on the unit that is involved, there is a host of heating services that can be availed of. It’s common in modern homes to find a forced air furnace, typically fueled by oil or natural gas. Electric furnaces, heat pumps and pellet stoves are more prevalent in older homes and other places within the country. A reliable technician can help service your heating system whatever the type you’re using.
No matter what kind of furnace you have—gas, oil powered or electric—a trained professional should conduct an inspection annually to ensure it stays in good working condition. By doing this they can see potential problems with it and fix them before they cause you trouble during the winter. This professional will also search for rust in some parts and if they find some they will have those parts replaced. They can also check for carbon monoxide leaks and electrical risks to prevent your family from the potential danger of running a malfunctioning furnace. If a unit reaches the end of its life, a qualified expert can also help you walk through your options and discuss today’s market upgrades. They can tell you about the more efficient units now which can lower your yearly energy bill.
Heat pumps are fairly limited in their temperature conversion abilities; thus, they are more commonly used in moderate climates. There are types of heat pumps such as geothermal that can be used even in colder climates. A heat pump utilizes the air from outdoors or the heat from the ground in combination with electricity and a blower to push warm air through your home. A professional will always clean coils, fan blades, and ducts, replace any filters, lubricate parts of the mechanics, measure air flow output, and check the operations of the thermostat during an inspection.
Standard fireplaces aren’t as productive at warming homes as the above warming techniques. Depending on home size, fireplace location, gas local prices and electrical use, electric or gas fireplace inserts with blowers can be very cost-effective in heating a home. These inserts are designed with temperature controls that are very simple to install in homes with existing fireplaces. During an annual inspection, the technician will make sure the fan, vents, pilot light, and pilot safety system are in proper, safe, working order.
Wood or pellet stoves likewise require yearly support to keep them effectively running. Besides the usual removal of ash that the homeowner takes care of during the winter, a professional will handle essential preventive and preparatory maintenance before the season of usage even begins. You can not only improve the cost efficiency of your stove by doing routine maintenance, you can also keep your family safe from fire. Some of the things that a professional will do with it is to clean all its parts and inspect its wiring and switches. Pellets burn cleaner compared to wood so they are more safe for the environment. However, yearly maintenance on any of your preferred heating units is essential for keeping a home safe all winter. Built up ash, if present anywhere in the unit, will become a recipe for a disaster.
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