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A Heating Repair Guide for Newer Homeowners


Homeownership can be unexpectedly challenging. When you were frantically sorting out down payments and closing costs and inspections and moving trucks, you probably imagined that once the house was officially yours and you were moved in, you would be able to relax. You could breathe a sigh of relief and simply settle in.

While everyone was busy congratulating you on owning a home, did they bother to warn you about any of the things you should expect? Did they tell you about routine maintenance, or did they give you a fruit basket and go on their merry way? We’ll give you clear instructions on caring for your home’s heating system, so you won’t have to wonder, guess, or simply wait until something breaks down.

1: Get Familiar

Ask questions of the previous owner if you can, but if not, that’s okay. Go take a peek at your heating system. It will have some information right on it. Generally, when service is performed, a tag will be added to the appliance itself so you can see the dates. 

Simply being able to say, “I have a gas furnace, manufactured by Daikin, which was installed in 2016,” will boost your confidence. It will also make it easier to communicate with service providers when you need to schedule maintenance or repair. 

2: Schedule Routine Maintenance

Your heating system should be maintained every year. This is usually done in the fall, shortly before it will need to be in tip-top shape to work hard all winter. You should set a reminder on your phone or mark your calendar so you don’t neglect to schedule that when autumn gets closer. 

Joining a maintenance program is a great idea. With membership to our Comfort Club, you will be reminded to schedule maintenance, and you will receive other benefits like discounts on repairs, an annual equipment credit to put toward eventual system replacement, priority status when you have a heating emergency, and more. 

And that’s on top of the existing benefits of annual maintenance, which are many! Maintenance improves effectiveness and efficiency, prevents as much as 85% of potential repair needs, keeps wear and tear minimal so the system will last years longer than it otherwise would, and—if it’s under warranty—it will keep it that way.

3: Get Prompt Repairs

The other thing you need to know is that prompt repair can be the difference between a small and affordable repair and a major system failure or expensive components needing to be replaced. So when you suspect that something is wrong, get heating system repair in Plainfield, IL right away. How can you tell if something is wrong? Be alert for any of these signs:

  • Strange Noises
  • Strange Smells
  • Insufficient Heat
  • Uneven Heat Distribution
  • Unusually Short Heating Cycles
  • Spiking Energy Bills

Whether you’ve got a specific concern and need to schedule service, or just have a general question about the heating system you’re newly responsible for, we’re always happy to help. And congratulations on your new home!

Call J&A today, Sleep-tight tonight!

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