Why Should You Have Your Boiler Serviced Every Year?

Smiling technician repairing an hot-water heater

 

This may come as a surprise, but Arizona isn’t all desert and hot sunshine. Although a good part of the state reaches over 110 degrees each year, the northern part of the state is heavily wooded with tall pine trees and high elevations. Drive an hour north of Phoenix, and you can experience a completely different landscape with completely different weather. So, while the conversation in Phoenix might involve tips on keeping your AC running through the summer, in Prescott Valley and northern Arizona we have cold, snowy winters to worry about. Furnaces, boiler heaters, and geothermal heating systems are much more common in this part of the state, and we need to keep them running properly if we want to keep warm at night.

That’s where excellent boiler service in Prescott becomes a priority. Our team of professionals here at TDK Systems is here to help!

Boilers and furnaces are fairly simple heating units. While boilers use water and steam to heat your home, and furnaces use hot air, both devices are relatively easy to maintain. However, just because they don’t have a lot of moving parts doesn’t mean they don’t require regular, annual tune-ups. Just as regular maintenance can help get the most life out of your air conditioner, keeping your boiler or furnace trouble-free during the summer and fall will save you a lot of cold nights come winter.

Most manufacturers recommend having your boiler checked annually. Their equipment is designed to last 10-15 years, and with regular servicing, homeowners can get the most from the life of their unit. Just like with cars or trucks, or even our teeth and gums, preventative maintenance gives us the opportunity to both prevent excessive wear and tear and to identify issues which might lead to bigger, more expensive problems. Be sure and have a certified HVAC technician perform the checkup. A qualified specialist will better identify any issues that come up during servicing and keep you from voiding your unit’s warranty due to improper maintenance.

So, what exactly happens during a tune-up?

Depending on the type of boiler or furnace in your home, the list could be extensive. A thorough examination of the unit, connections, and settings is necessary to address any potential issues that might be affecting the efficiency and operation of your heating system. Any faults in gas connections, electrical connections, obstructed piping or ductwork, ignition systems, or temperature controls could become hazardous if not addressed by a qualified HVAC technician.

The best time to call for a tune-up is probably late summer or fall, before the height of winter hits and you suddenly realize that your home is not heating as it should, or worse, your heating system breaks down. Repairs to a broken system can sometimes be bigger after a failure than if they had been identified early on, and having your heater down for repair has less of an impact on your family during the warmer seasons.

Of course, every unit has a limited lifespan, and your HVAC technician might inform you that it’s time to replace your system. The benefit of installing a new heating system is that within the 10 or 15 years since the old unit was installed, heating systems have become safer, more efficient, and cost-effective.

If you feel your heating system is due for a tune-up or possibly a replacement, get a jump-start on the winter and contact the experts in Prescott boiler repair at TDK Systems. Our experienced staff can assess and recommend repairs or replacement for all major brands of heating systems: http://tdkcomfortsystems.com/prescott-heater-repair/