A home with no heat in the middle of a freezing-cold winter is, at the very least, uncomfortable, and at worst dangerous. So if you’ve been putting off HVAC repairs before winter, it’s best to call your technician or contractor immediately.
If you’re still running your HVAC system despite obvious problems, you’re turning your unit into a liability. In other words, it’s using more energy but isn’t performing as well as it used to. It’s probably making your indoor air unhealthy, as well, and contributing to mold and mildew growth. Using a damaged heating system can also lead to bigger problems that are more expensive to fix. You’re also risking irreparable damage, which will leave you with no other choice but to replace it.
The quality of heating in your home is very important, especially during the coldest season of the year. The heat should be uniformly distributed around your home. If your furnace is working as it should, you should have no problems with uneven heating. Cold spots in your home typically mean your system isn’t working properly, so an inspection and repairs should be in order.
If you’re still asking yourself how long you can afford to delay scheduling that repair, the answer is no time at all. During the summer months, you’re not likely to use your heating system, but when you turn it on as the cold sets in, this is when you might detect an issue. To avoid emergencies, make sure to call your contractor for regular heating and AC maintenance. Maintaining your system before winter will help prevent problems when you need heat the most.
While you need a professional to fix your heating and cooling systems, there are still some things you can do on your own to help prevent your unit from breaking down.