Heating systems, although very reliable, do go wrong from time to time. There are several tell-tale signs that a heating system is in need of repairs, such as foul smells, strange noises, excessive power consumption and poor air quality. Some of the typical problems we’re often called to deal with are leaks, malfunctioning thermostats, clogged filters and pipes, electrical faults and uneven heating.
We’ve been in the heating system repairs and plumbing business long enough to realize the importance of quickly mending these systems as soon as symptoms start to show. Here are five reasons why you should hire a professional plumbing and heating service to fix even the minor issues with your heating system.
1. They Extend the Lifespan of the Equipment
Boilers, furnaces and heat pumps have a useful lifespan of between 15 and 30 years, but only with consistent care and maintenance. Heating systems cost thousands of dollars, so you’d obviously want to get your money’s worth out of the investment. Make a habit of scheduling regular inspections and maintenance with a repair service to increase the longevity of your system.
Also, report even the slightest problems and get them fixed immediately. Minor damages can quickly escalate and severely compromise the whole system if left unchecked. Keep in mind that repair fees are inconsequential next to the cost of replacing a broken-down system.
2. They Improve Energy Efficiency
Damaged or malfunctioning heating systems often work extra hard to keep the house warm. For instance, if the plumbing clogs up, the fans tend to blow harder to push air out. The extra load causes inefficiencies, and the equipment ends up using up more electricity or fuel than it normally would. Running a faulty heating system can lead to sharp spikes in your power or gas bills.
In such a case, have your heating system checked for issues that might cause performance inefficiencies such as leaks, loose fittings, incorrect thermostat calibrations and constricted ducts.
3. They Maintain a Comfortable Indoor Environment
Faulty heating systems struggle or fail altogether to maintain a comfortable temperature in all the rooms. This can make the house, office or store intolerable, especially during cold weather. Besides the insufficient heating, some faults can result in bad smell, choking smoke and unbearable noise. Heating systems are supposed to make our homes and workplaces comfortable and warm, but at their worst, they do the exact opposite. Heating system repairsare necessary when this happens.
4. They Prevent Safety Hazards
Some damages to heating systems can potentially put your property and family in harm's way. For instance, leaks in gas-powered furnaces and boilers and faulty wiring in electrical systems can create fire hazards. Constricted plumbing and venting systems can lead to dangerous pressure buildup in boilers. Also, excessive heating may cause individual components to fail, exposing even more hazards. We’ve seen some modern heating systems with failsafe features, but these also need regular servicing to work properly.
5. They Lower Maintenance Costs
Regular heating system repairs and servicing actually save you money on maintenance costs in the long run. Neglecting small, low-cost repairs often build up to bigger problems that cost a lot more to fix. Plus, frequent checkups and servicing help identify and prevent potential damages before they occur. Scheduling preventive maintenance and repairs ensures that your system runs reliably and efficiently at optimal performance, reducing energy wastage and eliminating the need for costly emergency repairs.
Do not wait until your heating system completely shuts down to start thinking about repairs. Also, stay away from DIY quick fixes because the cause of damage or malfunction is not always apparent; you might unintentionally make the situation worse.
Call us immediately the moment you suspect something is wrong – you can never be too careful. MJS Plumbing & Heating Inc. is available 24/7 to Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland residents and business owners for emergency and routine plumbing as well as for heating systems repairs.