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Midwinter HVAC Tips: Preventing Repair Issues

relaxed young woman laying back on couch in comfortable homeThis may seem like a funny time of the year to talk about maintenance, but if you didn’t invest in maintenance before the start of the winter season, you’re more likely to run into Albuquerque, NM heater repair issues as we near midwinter. While there is no 100% fool-proof way to avoid the need for heating repairs, maintenance lowers the risk.

So, what if you did skip maintenance? Is it too late for this service? No! You are not doomed to just “deal with it” if you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet. True, the best time to schedule this annual service (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) is during the fall—because HVAC technicians are usually more readily available. But in short of a full system breakdown, it’s never too late to schedule heating maintenance.

Why Every Year?

First thing’s first, we can’t stress the importance of routine maintenance enough. It’s vital you schedule professional heating maintenance annually! Or as we said above, twice a year for a heat pump since you use this system all year, for both heating and cooling. New Mexico may be well known for its summer heat and humidity, but by no means does that dismiss us from frigid winter temperatures.

Those temperatures mean that your heater works hard for at least a few months, typically on a daily basis. If you really want to keep your heating system in the best condition possible, then a regular tune-up is a must.

Do You Really Need a Professional?

If you want heating maintenance that makes a difference to the performance of your system, then yes. Sure, there are a couple maintenance tasks you can do on your own (and should do on your own). This includes changing your air filter as needed, typically every 1 to 3 months. The other maintenance task is ensuring the outdoor unit of your heating system is free of debris.

But the actual cleaning, adjusting, and lubricating of the various components in your heater needs to be completed by a pro. There are electrical connections to test, refrigerant levels to check if you’re using a heat pump, airflow levels to measure, and a lot more. There’s no way a novice or general handyman can handle these tasks on their own and expect the heater to work at its maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Maintenance Comes with Many Benefits

As we stated, routine heating maintenance is the best way to ensure your heater operates well. By addressing wear and tear on the system, you reduce the chance of problems developing in the future. That’s not all, though!

Professional maintenance keeps your heater working efficiently, which means you won’t be overpaying for energy. When a system is not well maintained, it works harder than it needs to, and therefore costs you more to operate. We’d like to help you avoid that.

For all of your heating repair and service needs throughout Santa Fe or any of the surrounding communities we serve, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!

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