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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Skip Out on Heating Maintenance


If you’ve ever had heating maintenance done before, then you likely know some of the benefits. It helps your heater work more efficiently, it reduces repairs by as much as 85%, and it helps your heating system last as long as possible. A well-maintained heating system can last about 10-15 years.

So, what can happen if you don’t have heating maintenance done? Well, your heater could have potential dangerous risks–especially if it’s a gas-powered furnace. It also may only last about half of its intended lifespan. Read on as we uncover more reasons it’s a bad idea to skip out on heating maintenance!

Don’t Skip Maintenance, Because…

Many of the problems that can impact your heater are the type of things you won’t even discover until they’ve already caused a fair amount of damage to the system. This is the primary reason you don’t want to wait for symptoms of a heating system problem to show up–instead, you should be proactive and pre-emptive with professional maintenance!

Professional preventative maintenance tune-ups give our technicians the chance to closely examine the system and isolate any issues that could be developing. These problems can then be repaired before they have the chance to grow into something much bigger.

For example, let’s say that you have some motor bearings that have lost their lubrication. This is quite an easy “fix” for our team, and a small issue we catch during maintenance. But if you skip maintenance and it goes undiscovered, the motor will eventually experience too much friction and overheat. This can lead to a complete system breakdown!

On the other hand, professional maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the repairs that your furnace, heat pump, or other heating systems may ever need in its lifetime. This is because as we alluded to above, maintenance allows our technicians to spot these small wear and tear issues before they become much bigger (and more expensive) repair issues.

Why Now Is the Best Time For Maintenance

We typically recommend that our customers have their furnace or heating maintenance done in the fall. It’s before your system is going to be used the most, giving you plenty of time to address any repair needs, and setting the system up for success for the season.

However, frequency of maintenance actually is much more important than the time of year you have it done. For your furnace, you should be having maintenance done once a year at the minimum. If you have a year-round heat pump or ductless system, then maintenance tune-ups should be done every 6 months.

If you have any questions about what happens during maintenance or if you’re concerned about whether or not your heater needs maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re happy to take a look and tell you the next best step!

Ask us too about our maintenance program. We have three plans for you to choose from, each with its own set of benefits and advantages for our customers.

Reach out to Greenleaf Heating & Cooling today for quality heater service in Whittier, CA!

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