Four Tips to Prevent Heating Repairs

You can avoid a home heating breakdown and a pricy service call.

heating repair kent county, md This time of the year can be full of happy surprises: unexpected gifts, visits from old friends, and an extra Christmas cookie (or two).

But a sudden heating repair is not a pleasant surprise. It’s the exact opposite!

When the night is icy cold in Kent County and across Central Delmarva, you don’t want to experience a boiler or furnace breakdown. At Poore’s Propane and Oil, we hope we can go the whole winter without needing to visit your home for a heating repair. Here are four easy ways you can avoid needing our HVAC repair team.

1. Check and change your furnace’s air filters.

We recommend that you check your furnace’s air filters at least once a month during the peak heating and cooling seasons. When these filters are dirty, your heating system will need to work harder to keep you warm, which inflates your fuel bills and increases the chance of an equipment breakdown. Changing a dirty filter is relatively simple and inexpensive.

2. Be smart with your home’s thermostat.

You can slow wear and tear on your equipment by making smart thermostat adjustments. This practice is also a big money-saver. The U.S. Department of Energy finds that you can save as much as 10% on heating and cooling annually by turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

By using a programmable thermostat, you can make these adjustments when you’re asleep or out of the house. You’ll spend less on heating oil and propane, and your heating system will get less of a winter workout.

3. Keep your senses alert.

You can often recognize emerging issues with your home heating by using your senses. Here are some things you should contact our team about:

  1. Squealing, banging or thudding noises when your heat is on.
  2. Lingering burning odors from your heating equipment or vents.
  3. Cold registers, radiators or baseboards when your heating system is running.
  4. Persistent cold spots throughout your house.

4. Arrange heating system maintenance with the Poore’s team.

Whether you have a boiler or furnace — and regardless of whether it’s oil or gas-fired — you should arrange heating maintenance once a year. Not only will routine service prevent unnecessary heating repairs by catching equipment issues before they get out of hand, but it can also lower your energy bills by improving efficiency. Additionally, annual maintenance is typically required to keep your manufacturer’s warranty in place. Skip a tune-up, and you could wind up on the hook for the full cost of a heating repair that your warranty should cover.

Poore’s Propane and Oil has a fantastic way to ensure your heating equipment gets the attention it needs: a Priority Plus Service Plan. Our affordable service plans include a complimentary tune-up, plus priority emergency service and reduced costs for heating repairs.

We can help you get ahead of a potential heating system issue. Reach out to our team today to arrange service for your boiler or furnace.