No one wants to have their heater break down. It’s inconvenient, often expensive, and shortens the overall lifespan of the heater. Despite this, a lot of people seem resigned to heater repairs being an inevitability. While the occasional minor repair may be unavoidable, there are certain things you can do to save your heater from unnecessary damage. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can avoid heater repair as much as possible.

Change Your Air filter

If you have a combustion-based forced air system, you almost certainly have an air filter installed inside it. The air filter is designed to protect the system from any incoming dust and debris from the ductwork. It does this job well but has no way to get rid of the particles after it captures them. This can lead to the air filter getting clogged if it isn’t changed regularly. A clogged air filter deprives your heater of the air that it needs, both to heat the home and to keep its temperature within safety limits. This will cause the heater to eventually overheat, causing serious damage to some core parts of its system, and incurring expensive repair. Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every 1-3 months to prevent this from happening.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

Don’t wait until your heater starts having issues to schedule a maintenance call. One of the best ways to keep your heater healthy is to schedule preventive maintenance checkups at least once every year. This can catch any potential problems before they become a bigger issue, and ensure that your heater’s overall health is where it should be. The best time to schedule this kind of maintenance is usually the fall season, to make sure that the heater is as healthy as possible before the increased demand of the winter season. If you’ve never had preventive maintenance done on your heater before, there’s no reason not to start right now.

If you haven’t had your heater checked in over a year, call JW Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide heater repair throughout Burbank.

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