Between now and the arrival of Fall, you should take the time to take care of your annual heating system maintenance—and any minor repairs you’ve been putting off. This may seem like an unnecessary task to add to your summer To-Do list, but it really makes sense. Here’s why.
By scheduling your annual heating maintenance now, you can take advantage of your local Michigan HVAC service provider having a more open schedule– instead of being jammed with emergency heating repairs or fuel run-out emergencies. This is a common situation when the weather turns cold again. It’s all about supply and demand.
When the first cold snaps hit, phones start buzzing with people reporting no-heat calls. At the same time, HVAC companies may also be booked solid with annual maintenance appointments, also referred to as tune-ups or system cleanings. Something has got to give.
This situation puts them in a terrible bind, as they will eventually have to disappoint someone. But since being stuck with no heat when temperatures get near the freezing mark can pose real risks, heating oil service companies normally end up having to reschedule their heating tune-up appointments.
Waiting until the last minute for maintenance service may also force you into a situation where you find your boiler or furnace needs major repairs—and you may end up having to replace your equipment under a tight time frame—before the weather really gets cold.
During the preventive maintenance service visit, your heating service provider will conduct a thorough inspection of your entire heating system. During this inspection, problems can be identified and fixed before they become expensive repairs. If your HVAC service provider finds a major issue that warrants a replacement system, you have some good options that will save you money.
If your oil boiler or oil furnace is at least 20 years old, consider replacing your heating system before next winter. The performance and reliability of heating equipment typically begins to decline after that time period. And if you haven’t had your system regularly serviced by your local heating oil service provider, you might experience system decline even sooner.
At a minimum, a new system should help you save up to 20% on your annual heating costs. And if you significantly improve system efficiency by upgrading from a really old system to a high-efficiency unit, your annual energy savings could be 40% or more!
By acting soon, you may be eligible for equipment rebates from the Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MPAMACS} with the support of the National Oilheat Research Alliance. Read more about current rebate opportunities in Michigan.
To qualify for these rebates, your property must be located within the state of Michigan and the system you install must be higher efficiency than the system you replace. Don’t wait! Funds are limited for this program and rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.