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Which Heating System Needs the Fewest Repairs?

Heating systems need to do their job day in and day out, and as the seasons roll on, they’re going to face their share of repairs. When considering a new system, you need to think about the potential frequency of repairs as well as the installation cost and the monthly bills. Which heating system needs the fewest repairs? That’s a tricky question, and the answers depend on your unique circumstances.

In the most general terms, heaters that have more moving parts tend to require more repairs, since those parts create friction and friction increases wear and tear on the unit. That usually means gas furnaces and heat pumps tend to undergo repairs the most often. Boilers usually undergo fewer repairs, but because they usually use very complicated piping systems and those systems can spring leaks, repairs for boilers are not uncommon as well.

Geothermal systems use fewer moving parts and thus don’t need as many repairs on the whole as other systems. Geothermal heating runs a loop of tubes – carrying a mixture of water and antifreeze – through the ground. The tubes facilitate a heat exchange between the liquid and the ambient temperature of the ground, which remains constant no matter what the weather is like outside. Because many of the components are buried underground, repairs are rare, though maintenance is still important.

Again, this is a generalization and specifics vary depending on each individual case. With proper maintenance from a qualified service technician, you can help avoid breakdowns on many types of heating units, and keep repair calls to a minimum. For heating repair in Rockville, MD, the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can help. We can help you decide which heater works best for you. Pick up the phone and give us a call today –