The heating system is still working, so it’s okay to put off a repair job for a little while, right? Actually, that’s the worst thing that a homeowner can do. Timely repairs make it easier to avoid problems while delaying repairs creates additional ones. Do you need some incentive to call and arrange for a heating repair? Consider these five potential consequences of putting off that call.
Putting the Warranty at Risk
Not everyone understands how a warranty works in relation to covered repairs. Many warranties include a clause that has to do with what the manufacturer considers reasonable use and upkeep. Simply put, a failure to have a certified professional check the heating system and make the repair within a reasonable amount of time could invalidate your coverage.
If that happens to be true with your heating system warranty, a delay could mean that any attempt to utilize the warranty benefits will be an exercise in futility. The expense for the delayed repair will come completely out of your pocket.
Time for More Parts to Sustain Damage
Operational issues with a heating system create more stress on the entire unit. What started out as a need to replace a single component could mushroom into the necessity of replacing multiple parts. When this happens, a relatively simply repair job could turn into something that takes quite a bit of time and money to resolve. A better approach is to take care of the simple repair while there’s still time.
Increased Odds of a Total Breakdown
Even if the system is limping along right now, it’s just a matter of time before the entire unit shuts down. What will you do if that happens on the coldest night of the season? Extra blankets on the bed will only accomplish so much.
Rather than run the risk of a complete breakdown, it pays to have a professional inspect and repair the system as soon as possible. When that cold winter night does roll around, you can go to bed with a reasonable amount of surety that the home will remain at a comfortable temperature.
All That Wasted Energy
A heating system that’s not running at peak efficiency wastes energy. If the unit is in need of a repair, you can bet that it’s taking more energy to continue operating. Think of what that’s doing to your monthly utility usage.
Until you have the repair done, the increase in energy consumption is only going to get worse. By calling a professional and taking care of what’s wrong, you can get things back to normal. That includes the amount of energy it’s taking to properly heat the home.
And Wasted Money Too
How many ways can a malfunctioning heating system waste money? That increase in energy usage certainly means that there will be higher utility costs to pay. The delay also means the repair costs are likely to be more expensive. There are likely to be incidental expenses that only become apparent after the fact. When it’s all said and done, the amount of money wasted along the way could add up to more than the cost of what was originally a relatively easy repair.
The bottom line is that there is no benefit to delaying any type of heating repair. If there’s something wrong right now but it doesn’t seem to be all that pressing, now is the time to take action. Dealing with the issue while it’s still causing no more than a minimum of problems is much better than waiting until things become impossible. Whatever inconvenience making time for a service call may mean now, it will pale in comparison to what you would face later on.