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Why It's Cool to Get Your Heater Checked When the Weather's Hot

Why It's Cool to Get Your Heater Checked When the Weather's Hot

Hot, sultry weather is here and all you can think about is how to stay cool.

But this is Texas – it’s horribly hot now, but it won’t be too long before it’s frigid again. That’s why you should think ahead; now’s a good time for heater maintenance.

Let’s take a look:

Prepare Now, Save Time Later

If you have your heater checked now, or anytime during the summer, there will be plenty of availability. Appointment times are much easier to make because this is a slow time of year for heater inspections. Technicians are in much less demand, so inspections can take place more quickly.

The logic, of course, for checking now is to make sure it’s sound for winter. If there is a problem, and it’s going to take more than one visit to have the unit repaired, you won’t have worried about time without heat.

If you wait until October or November to get heater maintenance, you’ll have a harder time making an appointment or having a even simple problem fixed quickly.

Keep More Cash in Your Pocket

Getting your heater repair during the hot season usually results in any work you have done being less costly. You may be able to negotiate summer discounts or find special deals.

Additionally, if your AC and heater are part of the same system, then they share at least several of the same parts, so having your heater inspected can help keep your AC functioning properly as well.

An efficient system is a money-saver, but you probably already knew that.

What Is Checked?

You may be wondering how extensive such a heater maintenance checkup might be. Obviously, it depends on how extensive a checkup that you want or that your technician advises.

However, here is a list of what the technician might be paying attention to:

  • Looking for dirt or dust in hidden or hard-to-reach places
  • Testing that airflow and ducts are sealed
  • Testing the burner and pilot light (if available)
  • Checking moving parts and lubricate them if necessary
  • Checking the flue
  • Testing for CO2 and other safety measures
  • Checking that your home doesn’t have cold spots

The Bottom Line

In the long run, checking your heater at any time will save wear and tear. Plus, you’ll be prepared if a sudden cold snap hits in September or October, when hot days are often followed by chilly days or even frostier nights.

You can perform some DIY repairs, such as changing a filter, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, that can exacerbate everything. If in doubt, call a professional.

Just make sure you don’t wait until the last minute. It will cost you more money, time, and stress.

As hot as it is now in Texas, you know how cold and icy it can be in the winter. A little heater maintenance now will give you peace of mind and warmth later.

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