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Check Heating Units for the Winter Now Before It Is Too Late

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Experts want people to start their inspections early before it gets too late. Experts want people to start their inspections early before it gets too late.
KENNEWICK, WA- Experts suggested customers get their units inspected before the cold temperatures arrive.

Customers should get their heating and air units inspected soon before technicians get backed up with other work orders.

“If you wait until the first really cold time hits and there's no heat, you could end up on a waiting list,” said Ken Day, General Manager for Dayco Heating and Air Conditioning.

Day said many people only get them inspected when there is a problem.  He suggests people get a technician to check the system twice a year.

“Most people just want to turn it on and forget it.  They don't want to go out and look at their heat pump.  They don't even know where it's at half the time,” said Day.

Days compared a unit to a car because both need to be taken care of in order for them to last a long time.

“If you don't have your car maintained, you don't get the oil changed, you don't make sure you have enough fluids in the radiator, you could blow the engine.  That heat pump has an engine, and if that goes out, you're pretty much replacing the whole thing,” said Day.

Filters are included in that too.  A dirty one makes your unit work harder and should be checked every month and changed every two months.  Some people also close doors to rooms they're not using so they can save money, but Day said this only hurts the unit.

“That actually makes the unit run harder.  By having those bedrooms open, you can actually think of it as free heat,” said Day.

That is the same thing for closing up air vents. 

Now is the best time to make sure your system does not have any problems before technicians get busy. 
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