Spring will be here before you know it. Now would be a good time to get your heater serviced. Getting your heater serviced in the spring means it will be ready to fire back up when the cooler temperatures return. If it's been more than a year since you last had your heater serviced, it's definitely time to take care of that. Failing to keep your heater properly maintained can your heater – and you – at risk for a variety of problems. Here are three reasons why you should have your heater serviced at least once a year.
Prevents Health Problems
If you suffer from breathing related health problems, you need to keep your furnace clean. A dirty furnace can send dust, allergens and other pollutants into your home, where you'll breathe them in. Not only that, but a malfunctioning heater can emit harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. Elevated carbon monoxide levels can lead to medical emergencies, and even death. To prevent these types of problems, be sure to have your heater serviced as soon as possible.
Reduces Fire Risks
If your heater hasn't been cleaned in a while, it could have a substantial buildup of dirt and dust on it. Unfortunately, that buildup can lead to an increased risk of furnace fires. The risk is increased if you also have dirty air ducts, or a clogged filter. The reason that your risk of fires go up when you have a dirty heater is that dust is highly combustible, which means that the dust buildup near the pilot light, or heat exchange unit could ignite. Reduce your risk of heater fires by having your heater cleaned.
Keeps Your Unit Working Better
The last thing you want to deal with during the cold is a broken heater. Not only will your home get cold, but it could be several days before the repair technician can get out to take care of the repairs, especially if everyone else in your community is having heater problems at the same time. Having your heater serviced at least once a year will ensure that problems are caught – and repaired – before they can turn into an unexpected breakdown.
Now that spring is almost here, take advantage of the warm weather and have your heater serviced. Taking care of the maintenance early in the year will ensure that your heater is up-and-ready for the winter months. For other tips on how to care for your heater, contact a company like A Bailey Plumbing.