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Can I Handle My Own Heating Maintenance?

furnace-technicianThere is no denying it—the single best thing that you can do for your home heating system is to schedule professional heating maintenance in Des Moines, IA. If you are not diligent in scheduling professional heating maintenance on an annual basis, then you are doing your home heating system a serious disservice. However, it is not really any more of a disservice than attempting to tune your home heating system up on your own is. This is not a DIY job.

We know that there are a lot of very capable homeowners out there, and there is certainly a lot to be said for self-sufficiency. That being said, however, the most responsible homeowners are those that know when to pass over the toolbox and to pick up the telephone instead. Handy as you may be, a thorough heating tune-up is simply a job requiring the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can possess. Work with us to reap the full benefits of routine heating maintenance.  

What Does Heating Maintenance Entail?

Chances are, a lot more than you may realize. Some homeowners think that they can tune up their heaters on their own simply because they don’t really have a great understanding of what heating maintenance actually requires. It is not a simple process.

Now, this is not to say that there is nothing that you can do in terms of maintaining your heater. If you use a forced air heater, such as a furnace or a heat pump, then you should definitely be changing your air filter regularly, for instance. Doing so can really help your heater to provide a more effective and efficient performance.

You can also keep the area surrounding your furnace clean, and clear off the outdoor unit of your heat pump if you’re using one. These are all very simple tasks, but they help to protect your system and, potentially, your own safety. That being said, they’re really just scratching the surface in terms of heating maintenance. Depending upon the type of system that you’re using, your heating technician will:

  • Check all electrical contacts.
  • Clean heat pump coils.
  • Clean burners/elements.
  • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Check thermostat settings.
  • Check all electrical connections.
  • Measure amperage/voltage.
  • Test safety devices.
  • Measure gas flow/check combustion.

And more! Trust us, you need to leave this to a professional.

My Heater Works Fine, So Why Bother?

A) Because you deserve better than “fine.”

B) Because it probably won’t for much longer.

There is just no way that a heating system that is not tuned up regularly is going to work at peak performance and efficiency levels. Remember, this system is working hard for much of the year. Failure to schedule routine maintenance gives all of that wear and tear that has built up over the heating season the opportunity to do real damage to your system. It is going to cost less to heat your home more efficiently and more reliably when you schedule annual maintenance with a trained professional that you can trust to do the job right.

Trust Schaal Heating and Cooling with your heating maintenance needs.


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