Performing Yearly Maintenance On Your Heating System

When the temperatures drop and that familiar chill starts to creep around your home, it’s time for your heating system to shine. But, without performing yearly maintenance on your heating system, your heater could fail during the time you and your family need it most.

Maintenance on your heating system should be done at least once a year and usually before the winter season begins. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of yearly maintenance and what maintenance usually entails.

Benefits of Yearly Maintenance

It’s like going to the doctor for a yearly checkup or taking your car to the mechanic for a tune-up. Your heating system needs a yearly evaluation and maintenance to ensure it’s running properly. Having professional servicing your furnace can make a difference over at-home maintenance on a year to year basis. With yearly service-maintenance on your heating system you can:

Avoid minor issues from becoming expensive full-system malfunctions:

Even a corroded wire can short-out the power system and burn out sensors, resulting in costly damage. An HVAC technician will know what to look for to stop a small problem from getting worse.

Improve the performance of your heating system:

With yearly maintenance, the HVAC technician can bring it to its maximum performance. This will increase your heating system’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Save money on your utility bills:

When your heating system is functioning at its maximum performance, it won’t use as much power to function properly. This decreased energy usage will save you money on your utility bills.

Prolong the lifespan of the heating system:

Routine maintenance means your heating system is less likely to malfunction due to wear and tear. Your HVAC technician can replace certain valves, wires, and other components that are wearing out before they fail.

Meet warranty requirements:

Many warranties can become void if you don’t get the system serviced on a routine basis.

Give you peace of mind:

There are few things more frustrating than your heater system failing in the middle of a freezing night and your pipes freeze and burst.

What does Yearly Maintenance Include?

Routine maintenance can extend the longevity of your heating system and save money. But, you’re probably wondering, what does yearly maintenance on a heating system entail?

Maintenance You Can DIY

There are some simple tasks you can do to start your seasonal maintenance, but you should call a professional HVAC technician for some of the more complicated maintenance procedures. Some simple maintenance includes:

Air Filter

You should replace your air filter every month during periods of high use and every 2-3 months during periods of minimal use. During maintenance, you should also change your air filter for a fresh one. This extends the lifespan of your system, avoids malfunctions, can help air quality, and make your system more efficient.


Double-check that the temperature on your thermostat matches the temperature on your heater. Then, turn up the thermostat to a high setting and listen to see if the furnace begins running. If it kicks on and turns off within a few minutes, your thermostat could be short cycling. Short cycling may mean that your heat exchanger is overheating and being shut down by a safety device. However, it could also indicate that your thermostat needs to be recalibrated or replaced.


Open the registers to clean them and check for debris. Some dust in the registers is common. For those of us with kids, sometimes little toys, crafting supplies, food, and other things mysteriously end up in there. Try opening the registers and clearing out any dust, debris, or miscellaneous items that have found their way in.

If your registers are broken or damaged, now is a great time to repair or replace them.

Maintenance Performed By Technicians

There are some things you should leave to the experts. While you don’t need to call an HVAC technician to change your filter, there are some things you should leave to the professionals.


An HVAC technician will clean the blower by vacuuming out the area and cleaning the blower belts. They’ll make sure the blower wheel is functioning properly and the motor is using the correct amount of energy.

In some cases, they may lubricate and tune-up the blower motor.

Heat Exchanger

Your heat exchanger is very prone to wear and tear. An HVAC technician can fix any cracks, dent, or damage to your heat exchanger to keep your heating system running properly.


Like any other equipment, the wiring can become corroded, worn out, or disconnected. This can cause the heating system to fail and become damaged. An HVAC technician can check the wires and replace or repair any frayed or disconnected wires.

Air Flow

A maintenance inspection by an experienced HVAC technician will usually include an inspection of your air ducts, vents, and registers. They can check for open joints, mold, extensive dust, corroded ducts, and rust.

J.A. Bertsch Heating & Cooling

J.A. Bertsch Heating & Cooling offers professional residential heating and furnace repair services throughout Kootenai County. Our licensed furnace technicians cover all of North Idaho and our neighboring cities. For the most trusted heating furnace repair services in North Idaho call the professionals at 208-715-9694.

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