Heating systems are mechanical units, so at some point during your ownership of one, it is likely that you’ll have to schedule heating repair for your heating system at least once. While there isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent all heating repair that may develop with your system, there are ways to help reduce the incidence of repair that you may experience over your system’s lifetime.

Tips to Help Prevent Repair

Here are some simple tips from some of our Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing experts that may help prevent unnecessary repairs for your heating system:

Change the Air Filter

It is such a simple task that it can be easily overlooked, but a dirty air filter can wreak havoc on your system’s operation. Why? Your heating system requires a certain amount of air flow to work properly, and a clogged and dirty air filter can seriously restrict the air flow. When this happens in furnaces, you may see low heat flow and even shutdown; in a heat pump system, you may see icing on the coils. It’s recommended that the air filter is changed every 3 months in order to keep your system working well.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

An annual maintenance visit is a full tune-up of your system. During a maintenance appointment, your system is thoroughly inspected for problems, components are cleaned and lubricated, and small adjustments are made, such as tightening a loose fan belt. Maintenance helps prevent repairs by getting ahead of potential problems.

Don’t Ignore Strange Sounds or Smells

As the homeowner, you are familiar with the normal working sounds of your heating system, and overall, there shouldn’t be any kind of odor that accompanies your heater’s operation. As such, if you hear strange sounds, or start to smell something that seems off, don’t ignore it; instead, call an expert for help.

Taking these simple steps can help prevent or get you ahead of potential problems that may develop with your heating system. If you need to schedule a maintenance or repair appointment for your heating system in Gaithersburg, call the people you can trust: Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing.