Winter is Coming in Illinois. Are You Ready? With high winds, low temperatures, and piling snow the weather can get harsh between December and February. When the temperatures plummet the last thing you want is for your heating system to break down leaving your family in a tight spot. Dependable central air & heating is not just about comfort. During the dead of winter it’s about safety. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your equipment inspect, then now is the time. Preventative maintenance provides a number of benefits, the most important being peace of mind knowing that you are prepared.
What Does Preventative Maintenance Entail
A tune up is a comprehensive point by point inspection of all the components of your heating system. With a thorough assessment, all the issues can be identified, and proper steps can be taken to restore your heater back to prime condition. It is designed to give your system long life and avoid major repairs or equipment replacement. Although different companies offer different services, most technicians perform the following:
- All components are inspected for operating condition
- Thermostat is calibrated and adjusted
- All filters are check and changed
- All electric connections are tightened
- All liquids including lubrication and coolant are checked are refilled
- All controls are inspected to make sure they are functioning
- Evaporator and coils are cleaned
- Blower is checked and adjusted
- Condensation drain is cleaned out to insure proper flow
- Check all gas connections
Save Time and Money
Other than high quality performance, one of the most immediate changes you’ll notice is a decrease in your energy bill. Preventative maintenance keeps your heating system running up to 30% more efficiently which saves you considerable money each month. When your equipment is running in excellent condition it doesn’t have to work as hard in order to achieve the results you are looking for as a poorly running system.
Avoid Costly Repairs
An older system that is neglected will inevitably need major repairs down the road. By Comparison, major repairs are far more expensive than a routine tune up. Ongoing maintenance allows you to tackle small problems along the way before they turn into big problems. You can avoid needless repairs and even system replacement by simply taking care of your equipment. Routine maintenance needs to be conducted at least once a year, but preferably before the summer and winter months before temperatures hit their highest and lowest.
A Healthy System Works Every Time
During the winters months, you need to be able to depend on all the equipment to run smoothly when temperatures go below freezing. A routine tune up will insure that all the parts in your system are running like they should, so that you can make it through both the cold and hot seasons of the year. You never want to jeopardize your family’s comfort and safety and put yourself in a position where you are trying to contact an HVAC technician in the middle of the night. You can feel confident knowing that your heater will take care of you during the cringe moments!