3 Heating Problems You Can Avoid With Preventative Maintenance

Heating Repair Framingham, Ashland, Hopkinton, MetroWestAs we approach the midway point of October, we highly encourage all Framingham, MA area residents to get their furnaces and boilers tuned up.

Not only will this ensure your heating system is ready for the colder temperatures, but it will also help you avoid these three common furnace and boiler problems.

Premature Heating System Breakdowns

Getting your furnace or boiler tuned-up each year keeps it running in peak condition, saving you money by avoiding costly repairs. In fact, getting an annual heating tune-up not only prevents heating repairs, but can also extend the life of your furnace.

In general, we have found that a regularly maintained furnace or boiler will require fewer repairs and last 2-3 years longer than one that did not have annual tune-ups because heating tune-ups catch small problems before they turn into big repairs.

High Energy Bills

In addition to saving you time, frustration and money by preventing costly breakdowns, annual heating tune-ups can also lower your energy bills. During the tune-up your technician will clean internal components like the heat exchanger and burner assembly, which increases your boiler or furnace’s energy efficiency.

Another important component of an efficient heating system is proper airflow. Regular heating tune-ups keep your energy bills low by ensuring proper airflow to your furnace.

Some other energy-saving heating tips include:

  • Replace your air filter regularly – dirty filters restrict airflow to your system
  • Ensure the area around your boiler or furnace is clear of things that can obstruct its airflow
  • Get a programmable thermostat, which can decrease your energy bills by setting the temperature up when you are away

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless and colorless gas that is a natural byproduct of combustion. It is even more dangerous because it is not detectable by any of your five senses.

Furnaces and boilers that are not regularly maintained are more likely to release greater amounts of carbon monoxide as a result of incomplete combustion. During a heating tune-up, your technician will inspect your furnace or boiler to make sure it is operating safely, as designed.

Before the freezing temperatures arrive in the Framingham area, get your furnace or boiler ready – schedule a tune-up online today.

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