Do-it-yourself heating maintenance may seem tempting, but it’s usually just not worth the risk or hassle. Below, we’ll discuss some of the biggest pitfalls to amateur tinkering and why you should leave the bulk of the maintenance tasks to the heating professionals in Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA.
One of the biggest reasons people quote for wanting to try doing their own heater maintenance is that it’s “free.” While you’ll still have to purchase the parts necessary for any repairs, upgrades, or annual replacements, you can save on professional labor costs – if you know what you’re doing. But do you? A lot can go wrong if you aren’t familiar with the equipment and how it needs to be handled, and you could end up needing to call in professionals to fix the additional damage caused by tinkering.
An amateur job could also end up costing you more in the long-run, in terms of reduced energy efficiency. There’s more to heating maintenance and repair than simply getting the warm air flowing. While it may seem like you’ve got your heater up and running, shortcuts can cost you on your energy bills. For your system to have peak efficiently, you’ll want a professional to make sure every component is working as it should.
Obviously, not every DIY tinkerer sets their home on fire or causes an explosion. But, it does happen. The safety risks to messing around with a heating system you aren’t terribly familiar with are greater than most people realize. From scalds and burns, to electrocution, to inhaling harmful fumes, there are so many ways a homeowner can compromise their safety just to save a little on maintenance costs. Yet, when you take into account potential medical bills, home repairs, and the fact that your system could have a dangerous malfunction in the future due to unprofessional tinkering, the cost of DIY maintenance is ultimately greater.
Heating professionals complete schooling for up to several years, and require certification for a good reason. Reputable heating companies stay up-to-date on the latest research and undergo continuous training on the latest model equipment, best practices, and green products – like our Bioheat Plus® fuel – within the industry. That’s not an assurance you’ll be able to get from a DIY Youtuber. Professionals are trained to take into account even the smallest details to get a fuller picture of how your heating system is working. Overlooking something small, like if a valve or connector is tightened fully, can actually have a big impact on whether your heater operates as it should.
There’s just no need to try to cut costs by avoiding professional labor, when we can help you save, with heating professionals on your side. Whether it is through our own specials, manufacturers’ rebates, utility rebates, our SmartPay Plan or Mass Save financing and rebates, your friends at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling are always looking for ways to help you save now and in the future.
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