Many heating repair companies offer emergency services for customers who need them, which means that they will come out and make repairs outside of regular business hours, such as on weekends and holidays. Some will even come out in the middle of the night if you need them. These services can be a lifesaver when you really need them, but they can come with a higher service charge. Luckily, you can help avoid the need to use an emergency service to repair your heater if you follow these three tips.
1. Keep Your System Well-Maintained
One of the best ways to prevent your heater from breaking down at all -- whether on the weekend or not -- is to keep it in good condition. Having someone come out every year to take a look at your unit can help you ensure that it's in good condition and that it is running as designed. Not only can this help you avoid emergency breakdowns, but it can save you money in repairs over the lifetime of your unit, can extend your unit's lifespan, and can help you ensure that your unit is running efficiently so that you aren't wasting money on electricity or fuel.
2. Have Issues Looked at Promptly
If you notice that something does seem amiss with your heating system -- such as it's not keeping your home as warm as it once did, it's making strange noises, or it seems to be running more than usual -- you shouldn't wait until it actually breaks down. As luck would have it, there's a good chance that it will break down at an inconvenient time, such as on a weekend or holiday. Plus, ignoring basic problems can cause these simple issues to turn into much bigger and more expensive problems. This means that as soon as your unit stops working as it normally does, it's smart to call a heating repair company during regular business hours to come out and take a look.
3. Have a Back-Up Plan in Place
It's always smart to have a backup plan in place to keep your family warm in the event that your heater stops working. Having space heaters on hand, for example, can be great for supplemental heat and can be used in a pinch. You might find that they will be enough to keep your home warm for a day or two, until you can call a heating repair pro during regular business hours.
Using these tips and getting regular heating services may help you avoid some unnecessary emergency heating repair bills