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Heating Problems That Regular Maintenance Helps You Avoid


If you don’t change the oil in your car, eventually it turns to sludge, clogs the engine, and you have a bigger mess on your hands than that $30 oil change you avoided. The same works with maintenance for your heater.

Don’t wait to call heating service in Bethesda, MD until your heater is busted; schedule preventative maintenance and keep your system in tip top shape as often as possible. Let’s run through some common heating problems that can happen when you neglect maintenance for too long.

Higher Energy Bills

Right out of the gate, we want you to understand one thing: not performing maintenance costs you money. For every second that your heater runs, it uses power, and in turn it costs you money.

When your heater is properly maintained, it’s at peak efficiency. That is to say, it will do its job in the least amount of time possible (within reason). Without maintenance, your heater operates against the forces of wear and tear.

It takes longer to heat your home and costs you money. While the upfront cost of annual maintenance is an expense, it’s one that aims to save you money on a constant basis.

Miscalibrated Thermostat

Your thermostat reads the temperature in the room so it knows whether or not to communicate an “on” signal to the heater. You set a desired room temperature, and your thermostat obliges.

When your thermostat is miscalibrated, it reads the temperature incorrectly. This can make it appear as though your heater isn’t working when in reality it’s just waiting for the correct signal.

Short Cycling

Your heater turns on, maybe raises the room temperature by one degree, and then shuts back off. The problem is, it didn’t reach the number you punched into the thermostat.

Short cycling is just as it sounds: short cycles of your heater being on. When it powers on and off frequently, it shows that there’s a deeper problem in your heater. This needs to be inspected by a professional HVAC technician as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Complete System Breakdown (Requiring Replacement)

When you don’t maintain something, its clock runs out faster than it’s supposed to. The cost of a new heater isn’t on the small side, especially with SEER2 requirements increasing the average cost of new heating systems. It’s more expensive than ever to replace your heater, so why would you open up that possibility?

Heaters have an expected life cycle, but that can be halved if you fail to maintain it. The cost of maintenance is worth it when you consider you’ll have to replace fewer heaters over the course of your life, potentially saving you somewhere in the realm of five figures.

Maintenance is a Must

Don’t wait to maintain your heater. The entire point is preventive measures and optimizing efficiency. Keep your bills lower and your worries even lower by scheduling annual heater maintenance with us today.

Contact Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today to schedule maintenance and prevent your heater from breaking down.

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