Don’t get caught this winter with a heating system that’s on the fritz. Head any potential problems off at the pass with the preventative maintenance and peace of mind an annual heating system tune-up provides.
Why Annual Heating System Tune-Ups are Necessary
Long Island homeowners might be wondering why they need to have their heating systems checked annually, and might be wondering if it’s really necessary. However, according to energystar.gov, scheduling an annual heating system check-up each year in the fall goes a long way toward maintaining your equipment “to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.”
According to the home heating specialists and green energy experts at Tragar Oil, your Long Island green energy company, there are several more reasons that annual heating system tune-ups and regular maintenance are essential:
- Better Safety and Health: As your heating systems ages, it could develop cracks that could hinder combustion and potentially cause toxic gas to leak. A regular maintenance regimen performed by a trained heating technician could assess your system and catch and repair any cracks before they become a problem.
- Reduced Repairs: Just as a yearly check-up at the doctor ensures that any potential health problems are caught early and remedied before they worsen, the same idea holds true for annual check-ups for your heating system. By having a trained technician take a look at your system ahead of each heating season, you’re able to ensure that any potential problems are caught and solved before turning into major, costly repairs down the road.
- Fewer Concerns: Having a trained mechanic look under the hood of your car to perform regular maintenance ensures that you have peace of mind each time you get into your car. The same idea can be applied to having a trained technician look at your system yearly. You can rest easier knowing that you’ll always have adequate heat on the coldest of days.
- Cost Savings: A trained heating technician performing your annual heating system inspections will also be able to tweak your system and ensure that it’s running optimally. As a result, your system will run more efficiently, reducing your heating bills and putting more money in your pocket.
What Annual Heating System Tune-Ups Involve
The energy experts at energy.gov say a typical heating tune-up from a home heating specialist – such as Tragar – involves several steps, including:
- Checking thermostat settings.
- Tightening all electrical connections.
- Measuring voltage and current on motors.
- Lubricating all moving parts.
- Inspecting the condensate drain.
- Checking system controls and starting and shut-off cycles.
- Looking at all gas or oil connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger.