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Can I Tune Up My Own Heater?

furnace-technicianAre you one of those homeowners that just refuses to pay someone to come to your home and do a job that you can handle on your own with a bit of time and effort? Then more power to you! Are you one of those homeowners that gets in over his or her head due to the fact that you have an unrealistic view of your own capabilities? Then this is the blog for you. Don’t put your heater at risk!

We understand and appreciate the DIY work ethic, but the most responsible homeowners are those that understand that some jobs simply must be left to trained professionals. Heater maintenance in Centennial, CO is one of those jobs. No matter how mechanically inclined you may be, you are not qualified to do this type of work if you are not a professional HVAC technician. It is more complex than you may realize,  and attempting to tune up your heater on your own can lead to serious trouble.

Why Do Heaters Require Maintenance?

It is not exactly breaking news that winters in our area can get very cold,  and that the winter season can overstay its welcome. That means that you need to know that your heater is functioning effectively, reliably, and efficiently. This is not going to be the case if your system is not well-maintained.

When you run your heater throughout the heating season, it is going to incur some general wear and tear. There is nothing that can be done to prevent that. This wear and tear does not have to cause big problems, though, provided that you schedule annual maintenance to address it. If you fail to do so, then you may encounter increased heating costs, increased repair needs, and an overall decline in performance quality.

But Why Can’t I Do It Myself?

There are actually a couple of important maintenance tasks that you can handle for your heater on your own. If you use a forced air heater, for instance, then you should be changing your air filter as needed. There are a few different factors that will influence how frequently this needs to be done, including the presence of pets and general cleanliness of the house. Typically, though, you’re looking at every 1-3 months.

You can also keep the area surrounding your indoor heating unit clean and clear of debris, and be sure to keep the space around your outdoor heat pump unit free of refuse. Whatever type of heater you use, it needs space to do its job right. But there is a lot more to heating maintenance than this.

What Else Does It Entail?

Thermostat settings will need to be checked, moving parts lubricated, electrical connections tightened and cleaned, voltage and amperage measured,  condensate drain lines and pans evaluated, system controls checked, and more. From cleaning the coils of a heat pump to ensuring the safe combustion of fuels, there is a lot to take into consideration.

When you overlook routine maintenance, or try to take shortcuts, it is not just your comfort and your system that you’re putting at risk. It is your safety, too. Leave the work to us and know that it is done properly every step of the way.

Schedule your heating tune-up with Cooper Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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