While most people imagine DIY heater maintenance to be intimidating and difficult, it’s possible to perform some heater maintenance on your own.
As a homeowner, there are things you can do to maintain your heater and prevent unexpected break-downs, and you don’t have to be a pro to do it.
You can prevent breakdowns and expensive repair bills when you handle some of the maintenance yourself. Here’s how:
When you’re having trouble with your heater, it can be hard to know when to bring in a professional heating and cooling company to take a look. Not sure you need a professional heater service team? Here are a few indications it’s time to call in the professionals:
If your furnace turns off and on frequently, it’s usually a problem called over-cycling. In most cases, this indicates an issue with the heating system at large. A good HVAC tech will be able to work with you to identify the problem and make the needed repairs.
Otherwise, they can recommend next steps, such as choosing a new heating system for your home. It’s important to understand that if your furnace is acting up in any way, you should get it looked at as soon as possible. Failure to do so can result in dangers such as furnace fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The lifespan of your furnace system depends on the make, model, and maintenance you deliver.
When properly maintained, a good-quality furnace will last about 20-30 years, or even longer! So a good furnace is certainly worth the investment upfront, and the routine maintenance can prolong its life further.
Boilers, on the other hand, will last about 20-35 years, while air conditioners will last about 15-20 years. Heat pumps will last 10-20 years depending on usage frequency, and ductless mini-splits will enjoy a lifespan of about 10-30 years.
While these are the most common life spans, many homeowners will replace or upgrade their HVAC systems sooner to avoid major issues, not to mention save money over time when newer, more efficient models come out.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all rule for the cost of heater parts and repairs, HomeAdvisor provides the following guidelines: