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Heating System Maintenance: DIY vs Professional Tasks

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What Heating System Maintenance Tasks Should I DIY vs Hire a Professional

As a homeowner, your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) tends to be one of the largest (and most complicated) systems in your house. It’s also one of the most vital. After all, you need it to function properly when the temperatures drop to freezing in the winter (or when they reach sweltering triple digits in the summer). When it comes to heating system maintenance, knowing when to hire a professional and what you can DIY is key.

Why Do I Need Heating System Maintenance?

Heating system maintenance is so much more than a tune up to ensure your furnace delivers warmth all winter long (although that’s a big part of it). Whether your home uses heat from a heat pump or gas furnace, regular maintenance is key to keep your unit running as efficiently as possible for your family.

Did You Know: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that a well-maintained heat pump consumes up to 25 percent less energy than a neglected one.

By tackling your own DIY checklist and hiring a trusted NJ HVAC contractor for your annual tune-up and heating system maintenance, you’ll experience a wide range of benefits. That means fewer repairs and breakdowns, a validated warranty and longer system lifespan.

Don’t Tune Out on DIY Heating System Maintenance

Even though your heater is a massive system requiring frequent maintenance, thankfully, some things you can take care of yourself. This will depend upon your skill and comfort level, of course.

A few simple heating system maintenance tasks that New Jersey homeowners can do themselves include:

  • Change the air filters (monthly or every other month).
  • Clean registers throughout the home to prevent excess dust buildup.
  • Replace the thermostat batteries annually (Depending on the model, it may take AA or AAA.)
  • Check heating system base pan and clean out any debris.
  • Keep the area surrounding the furnace clear.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis.
  • Set your programmable thermostat at a lower temperature at night and when you are away.

Brown’s Professional Heating System Maintenance throughout NJ

The tasks listed above can generally be handled by most homeowners. However, some tasks require a professional with a more experience and knowledge of the task and may also require special licenses, permits or tools to do so. Plus, many HVAC manufacturers require that maintenance checks are performed by professionals. If not, homeowners risk voiding the warranty.

Annual system maintenance involves an in-depth inspection, thorough cleaning and tune up the HVAC system.

Other HVAC tasks that should be left to the pros include:

  • Equipment Installation- Even the most efficient system can be ruined from improper installation. A licensed, NATE-certified technician can help you choose the right fit and ensure a smooth installation.
  • Repairs- Any strange sounds, smells, leaks or issues with the motor should be best left to a professional to repair. Maintenance checks can catch these kinds of problems before they occur.

Remember, maintenance (both DIY and professional) ultimately pays for itself through reduced repairs and lowers energy cost. At Brown’s we offer a convenient 10-Point Fall Start Up Heating System Service Plan to make sure that all of your heating equipment is running safely and efficiently, ultimately extending the life of your equipment.

If you have any other questions about heating system maintenance needs for your home or business, call Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 732-741-0694. We offer the most reliable HVAC services in Toms River, Middletown, Brick, Holmdel, Freehold and surrounding NJ areas.