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How Often Should Home Heating Be Inspected?

Posted by Warner Service on Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Did you know that The Energy Markets Division projects that the average Northern homeowner will spend almost $850 on the heating bill from October 2017 to March 2018?

If your home uses oil or propane, you’re looking at an average of more than $2,200.

When you’re paying that to heat your home and keep your family comfortable, shouldn’t the HVAC system be in tip-top shape?

Conversely, if it’s not, you could be spending more money than the average. On top of wasted cash, your family can't find warm relief in your home during harsh winter months. 

To ensure that you’re not wasting money on inefficient home heating or keeping your family cold, check out Warner Service’s timeline to how often your home heating should be inspected by a professional:

Monthly: Change the air filter monthly to prevent seasonal allergens and pathogens from creating poor indoor air quality in your home. To put a stop to harmful allergy inducers this year, download our checklist.

3 months: Seasons typically last about three months, but with recent environmental factors, they tend to be more sporadic, especially in Maryland. The heating professionals at Warner Service suggest calling us every three months for a thorough HVAC maintenance visit.

We’ll take a look at air ducts, boilers, carbon monoxide detectors, electronic air cleaners, furnaces, High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) systems, humidifiers, programmable and wireless thermostats, radiators, ventilators, and more.

This ensures that your home HVAC system optimally and efficiently handles the next season before it shows up.

5 to 10 years:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced to lessen the chance of the fatal chemical going undetected in your home.

  • Gas and electric water heaters need to be replaced after about a decade. Within those years, to get the most out of these appliances, remove any sediment and debris using our quick 10-step guide.

    Also, keep the water heater set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer than that costs you unnecessarily, and most new water heaters are automatically set at 140 degrees maximum.

10 to 20 years:

  • Heat exchangers need to be replaced. In this time, cracks, rust, and metal fatigue cause this vital furnace component to fail.

  • Most heat pumps last for about 20 years. Check to see if the heat pump in your home needs to be replaced due to wear and tear at about 15 years.

  • Replace the furnace or boiler. After two decades of reliable service, these HVAC appliances are worn out and old enough for a new model to take its place. Check out Why These Trane Furnaces Are Customer Favorites for ideas.

  • Though it supplies your home with endless hot water, tankless water heaters should be replaced after 20 years.

25 to 35 years:

  • A traditional thermostat typically lasts about 25 years. A few telltale signs of failure include the furnace erratically turning on and off, the room temperature differing from the thermostat reading, and a furnace refusing to turn on.

    If you see these signs in your home, replace the traditional thermostat.

  • Programmable and smart thermostats need to be be replaced after 35 years due to technological advancements.

Lifetime: As long as no punctures, cuts, wet stains, or burns exist, insulation lasts a lifetime – though it’s important to perform HVAC maintenance on it with the change of each season.

In addition to regular HVAC maintenance and inspection for your home heating, download Warner Service’s Heating Troubleshooting Checklist by clicking on the button below. This downloadable ensures that you’re able to solve all minor heating problems that come your way this season:

Download Our Heating Troubleshooting Checklist

Topics: Appliances, Heat, Maintenance, HVAC