You should only need to replace your heating unit every 15 to 20 years, depending on what kind of system you have. For example, furnaces are straightforward mechanically, so they last longer on average. Heat pumps, on the other hand, are more complex systems and last between 10 to 15 years.
There are two questions we get most commonly about heating: how do I minimize heating repair costs and how do I avoid a premature heating replacement?
The most critical aspect of keeping heating repair costs low and your system running efficiently is having your heater regularly maintained by an HVAC professional. Maintenance can feel inconvenient at times, but it is essential.
You can think of a heating system like the human body. You do not necessarily have to go to the doctor for your check-ups. However, the benefit of going is having an expert in the human body assure you that everything is working how it is supposed to. Maintaining your heater is a similar concept. Certified HVAC technicians, like the ones at Green Leaf, are experts in all things heating and cooling. They are the watchful eyes that ensure you do not need heating repair in the middle of winter.
It is also similar in that finding an issue during a check-up usually means it has not had time to become a problem. Maintenance does the same. Repairs should not turn into heating replacement. A technician can catch parts that are starting to malfunction before it happens. Every maintenance call from Green Leaf includes a thorough inspection of all the components, chemicals, and wiring.
Well-maintained heating systems do not have to work as hard in the winter to warm your house. Systems run more efficiently when they do not have to work as hard. Efficiency saves you money because your heating system does not have to use as much gas or electricity to conduct heat and push it into your home. This means your energy bills go down. Efficiency also saves you money because heaters that do not have to work as hard need repairs less frequently. The heating repairs that do come up are less severe and require less attention.
Finally, heating systems can only operate for so long under distress. To run correctly, they must be kept clean and the chemicals maintained. Forcing a system to perform with clogged filters and insufficient chemicals will run it into the ground because it simply cannot keep up with the workload.
Green Leaf makes regular maintenance effortless. Our annual maintenance plan includes two service visits per year. The best part is that you can schedule the appointment at a convenient time and forget about it. We will call you before the appointment and remind you that we are coming.