Chicago heating repairs are usually called in at the worst time of the year: when temperatures are freezing and the snow piles high in drifts. The last thing you want is a faulty heater during those cold months, forcing you and your family to wait until a repair service can reach you through the weather-snarled traffic. You can avoid this fate by practicing a little preventative care.
Here are 3 tips to keep your heater working well this winter.
- Schedule a maintenance call before the snow falls. As soon as air conditioning season ends, contact a service technician to give your unit a once-over. Maintenance services can clean dirty components, tighten loose fittings and replace any worn parts with new ones. If more serious repairs are needed, the technician can identify them and schedule a more thorough repair service well before the temperatures drop too far. All of that will ensure that your heater is ready to go the first day it’s called upon.
- Consider energy-saving upgrades. Your existing system may work fine, but a few tweaks and additions will help you save money without skimping on the heat. For example, zone control systems allow you to turn the heat on to only one section of the house, preventing needless energy expenditure by heating unused rooms and hallways. Or think about a programmable thermostat, which lets you turn the heat down when you go to work, then up again ten minutes before you get home.
- Look for warning signs. Repairs often announce themselves with small warning signs: your bills going up even though you haven’t used the heater more than normal, for instance, or the air coming in cooler than you expect. The faster you move on these issues, the better, since speedy repair can often prevent larger problems.
For further tips to keep your heater working well this winter, and to schedule a maintenance or repair call, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve handled Chicago heating repair for over four generations, and our trained staff can suggest a plan that works for your particular circumstances. 24 hour emergency service is available, so don’t hesitate!