The main reason most people avoid servicing or maintaining their heaters is that of the money involved. However, did you know that you stand to save money, and not just spend money if you have your heater well-maintained?
Lower utility bills
Yes, the small servicing fees are well worth it, and minuscule if compared to the amount you’ll have to spend on possible future repairs. Even if there’s nothing to repair or replace in your heater, it’s working efficiency improves if serviced regularly. This also saves you money because an inefficient heater leads to increased utility bills.
Regular heater service also increases your heater’s lifespan. This is because, without regular maintenance, your heater can break down any time, only to give more problems. And each time it breaks down, there’s some expensive, irreversible damage incurred.
So in the long run, you end up with your unit breaking down much sooner than anticipated for its make and model, all because of poor maintenance. And if your heater breaks down, you have to pay much more for its repairs. And in case it can’t be repaired, you will have to spend even more to buy a new unit.
Did you know that poorly maintained heaters tend to lead to housing safety problems without your knowledge? Not only does it carry with it the risk of a possible fire or explosion, but your heater also ends up releasing carbon monoxide into the air you breathe.
Everyone knows that carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas and if in the air, can make your family fall sick or even lead to possible death. So here again you spend more money if you don’t service your heater because you have to pay for your family’s medications. And in case the heater sparks a fire, you may end up losing not only your everyday appliances and utensils but also some sentimental and valuable things that money cannot buy.
Cleaning the filters is part of heater service. If you don’t have your heater serviced, dust and debris may end up accumulating in the heater to block vents and chimneys. If the vents get blocked, the smoke and dust which was supposed to be released outdoors end up returning and polluting your home.
Instead of going through all these hassles, and ending up spending much money than anticipated, it’s better to have your heater serviced at least annually. Your HVAC contractor will conduct a thorough inspection of your unit, and his trained eyes will quickly locate and pinpoint any potential problems before they occur.
Depending on the problem, and keeping your family’s safety in mind, they will advise if it’s better to go for repairs, or have some parts replaced. And though you may have to spend for your annual maintenance, you at least have the mental satisfaction and peace that your family and household are safe from possible accidents and toxic gases. And everyone knows that you will save money spending on the heater service instead of eventually having to buy a brand new unit!