Heating season is upon us in Michigan, and it’s time to start looking towards a cozy and comfortable future. Winter will be here in a jiffy, so you’ve only got a few months to prepare for all the frigid temperatures we’re about to endure. That’s why the autumn season is the perfect time to invest in maintenance! Our team isn’t as busy repairing malfunctioning heaters and addressing “no heat” calls by customers since temperatures haven’t dropped to much yet.
That being said, if you’re one of the many members of our community wondering what the point of maintenance is, then you’re in the right place. We think it’s important to talk about why maintenance is a vital service and what brings customers back to us every fall.
If you’re looking to have your heating system last for the next two decades, then you’re going to need routine maintenance!
Maintenance Is Not Optional
There’s a misconception going around that maintenance is an optional service that we offer for newly installed heating systems. People associated maintenance as sort of a “VIP” club that you can be a part of where you get some neat perks and priority service. While it’s true that there are a wide variety of benefits you get from being a part of our maintenance program, it’s not as much of a VIP club as it is doing your part to be a responsible homeowner.
Maintenance is going to be the key difference between a heating system that breaks down after a few years and a unit that lasts well into it’s second decade of age. It’s an additional service that allows our team to constantly check on your system to ensure it’s working properly, safely, and efficiently.
Down below we’ll talk about why homeowners who are thinking about the lifespan of their heating system should invest in maintenance.
How Long Should Your Heater Last?
We often say in this blog that a heating system like a furnace or a heat pump should last for about 15 years before it needs to be replaced. This might sound like a pretty standard number, but there’s something really important to add to this. A furnace or heat pump should last this long with the help of yearly, routine maintenance. We’d be surprised if a heater could last half as long without anyone addressing the budding repair needs or efficiency adjustments.
We know that this can sound like an additional cost for little benefit, but maintenance helps with your long-term returns and not the short term. You’ll see the savings of your maintenance appointments in a few years, not right away.
Safety Is the Number One Priority
Last but definitely not least, if you’ve got a gas furnace running in your home, then you’ll need maintenance to keep it safe. Gas furnaces aren’t inherently unsafe, but they can quickly become unstable and unsafe when they operate without routine maintenance. Our maintenance program includes a safety check that can make sure your system isn’t cracking and leaking gas or carbon monoxide into your home.