Servicing your heating system is a lot like getting an oil change or tune up for your car. Sure, it’s an expense—but it’s still cheaper than waiting until something goes wrong to call a technician.
Having your heating system inspected by a professional usually means you won’t have to worry about whether the unit will make it through another season.
Some contractors offer an annual preventive maintenance agreement, which will cost a few hundred dollars a year and typically includes a fall inspection of your heating system and a spring once-over for your air conditioner, along with discounts on repairs and equipment. A better deal most often is to pay as you go for individual inspections.
But paying a pro to maintain your heating and cooling system is worth the money. Qualified, licensed service technicians are trained to spot problems that most homeowners overlook. Schedule the appointment before the season begins so there is time to order any replacement parts.