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How to Avoid as Many Heating Repairs as Possible

One of the last bills you ever expect is a repair call for your heater, especially because we all know there’s no way to properly plan for the amount you’ll hear from the technician that shows up. There’s so many problems that could happen and so many components in your heating system that it’s hard to project, so the next best thing? Prevent as many problems as possible from occurring in the first place.

Through providing heating repair in Brighton, MI, we’ve seen just about every heating problem you can imagine. We’re confident that we can not only help you with your current heating problems, but help you learn how to prevent future ones, and that starts right now.

First, Make Sure You Upkeep Annual Tune-Ups

Annual maintenance isn’t just a good idea—it’s crucial to preventing your heater from breaking down. Some homeowners opt not to get annual maintenance, and instead just deal with repairs as they pop up—but that’s exactly why they’re encountering more repair problems than normal.

During annual tune-ups, your technician inspects the entire heater, cleans debris from the inside of the unit that can cause issues, lubricates moving metal components, and looks for signs of stress. Wear and tear happens, but annual tune-ups are the way to prevent them from staggering your heater. After one year, enough has happened in your heater that it needs a bit of TLC to stay efficient, and work for as long as possible.

Change Your Air Filter Often (and Set Reminders)

Your heater has an air filter at the intake. This pulls air from inside of your home, and uses it to make the unit run, simply put. When there’s a lack of sufficient air, your heater works in limited capacity. That means it may still heat your home, but it won’t do it optimally or efficiently.

Look at your heater’s air filter right now, and you’ll see a thick layer of dust on it. That’s because these filters are supposed to be changed every 30–90 days, although depending on how much you use your heater, the former is the best option. Set reminders to check your air filter on the first of every month and stay on top of it.

Keep Your Thermostat Calibrated

The thermostat is what controls your heater. The heater simply knows when an “ON” signal and an “OFF” signal are, but your thermostat decides which one it sends. It measures the room temperature, compares it against the temperature target you set, and sends the appropriate signal when those two values meet. But if it’s not reading the temperature correctly, you may wonder why the temp feels higher (or lower, in some cases) than what the thermostat says. Calibrate it using the manual that came with your thermostat, or hire us to do it for you.

Keep Your Heater in Working Order

Avoid big breakdowns and large-scale system failures with these tips, and be sure to issue timely repairs when your unit does eventually break down. While you can’t avoid 100% of all problems with your heater, you can drastically reduce the number of breakdowns you’ll experience in your lifetime. We’re here to help you get started.

Contact us today to schedule your heating repair as soon as possible. If your home had a voice … it would call First Choice!

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