Today I had my heating and air conditioning systems checked as part of an annual maintenance contract. This is the first time I’ve had a checkup in 5 years in our home, and I have to admit I wasn’t surprised to hear some unfortunate news.
Our downstairs unit, called a ‘gas pack’ is a combined heating and AC unit that is outside the house, and therefore exposed to all the elements. It is 15 years old, and not surprisingly the weather has taken its toll.
The technician found that the heat exchanger had a fair amount of rust on it, to the point where he decided not to fully clean it for fear of a rusted spot breaking through. The risk: if the heat exchanger is breached, then carbon monoxide exhaust can mix in with the air being blown in to the house, a definite safety issue.
While there seems never a good time to incur the expense of replacing a heating unit, it is good to know that this unit is reaching the end of its useful life. Without having the regular checkups, I would have run the heat through the winter and potentially put my family’s health at risk!
Having an annual maintenance contract will help you catch problems early on, and be able to make fixes before it’s too late. I’ll definitely carry this maintenance plan forward if and when we replace the gas pack, and I’ll use HomeSpot to trigger a reminder for scheduling the Spring and Fall checkups.