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When Is the Best Time to Schedule Heater or Furnace Maintenance?

The best time to schedule heater maintenance is in the fall. After sitting largely unused for months, your heater not only needs a little TLC, but it also needs a good cleaning to get it ready for the winter season. Early fall, before the temperatures drop and before you need to rely on your heater to keep your home warm, is the perfect time to schedule your annual heater maintenance.

Below we review three key benefits to having your heater serviced in the fall. Keep reading to learn more.

Benefit #1: Ensure Your Heater Is Prepared for the Winter

The last thing you want is for your heater or furnace to go out in the middle of the winter. January tends to be the coldest month of the year, and it is not uncommon to experience freezing temperatures and snow. You need your heater to be in good working condition to keep your home warm and comfortable. By scheduling your heater maintenance in the fall, you have the opportunity to not only get it back up and running before you need it most. You can also catch any repair issues (like broken or worn-out parts, leaks, etc.) and have them fixed before it disrupts your heating services.

Benefit #2: It Is Easier to Get an Appointment in the Fall

Every year, when the first cold snap hits, heating repair companies are inundated with repair calls to fix broken heaters. This can make getting a repair or service appointment difficult. The last thing you want is to discover that your heater is broken and then have to wait days or weeks for a repair appointment. While Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing works hard to provide all our customers with superior emergency repair services seven days a week, you still want to avoid being put in a position where you’re without a heater in the middle of winter.

Scheduling your annual heater maintenance in the autumn means that you do not have to fight for a repair appointment, and you have peace of mind knowing that when the temperature drops, your heater will be ready for it.

Benefit #3: Regular Maintenance Saves You Money

You’ve probably heard before that annual heater maintenance can save you a lot of money, but do you know how it saves you money? First, it saves you on energy costs. A well-maintained heater running at peak efficiency does not require as much energy or fuel to run. Because your heater accounts for nearly 50% of your energy usage during the winter, this can represent significant savings.

Additionally, when performing routine maintenance, you can catch small problems, like worn-out parts, before they result in a full-scale breakdown. Small repairs and preventative maintenance are significantly less costly than dealing with a system that is broken down.

Finally, routine maintenance can extend the life of your heating system, putting off the need for a full-system replacement. The average heater will last for about 15 to 25 years, depending on the make, model, and type of system you have. However, systems that are not kept in good condition will have a significantly shorter lifespan. Getting the most out of your current system is important when a new system can cost thousands of dollars.

When was the last time you had your heater serviced? Call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to schedule your annual service appointment today.