If you don’t take your car for a tune-up or take yourself for a physical, you’re not going to expect it to run as well as it should, are you? The same can be said of your HVAC system. If the system isn’t getting attention by way of regular maintenance then you can’t expect it to properly cool or heat your home. Your unit will get overworked and that means loose wires, broken parts, and perhaps, a loss of refrigerant. Sadly, the likelihood is that your HVAC unit will break down when it is used heavily, in other words… when you need it the most.
You can avoid this problem by having your HVAC checked regularly by the professionals. In addition to their maintenance checks, you can do your own. You can check the filters and change them as necessary (generally four times a year), and you can run the unit before the hot/cold weather really kicks in to ensure everything is in working order.
There are a lot of issues that can be prevented by relying on professional checks. Of course, it also provides the professional the chance to check for outdated systems and to upgrade anything that may be lagging behind, whether it’s related to safety or energy conservation. Not to mention how much money you can save on your energy bills just by having an HVAC system that works properly.
Remember, HVAC professionals are busy during the hottest and coldest months, so get ahead of the crowd by doing everything in advance. In addition to the money you save on your bills, regular maintenance will also reduce repair costs. Your system is more likely run smoothly when it is being looked after properly.
One benefit of having preventative maintenance is catching issues before they become a real problem. Your costs increase the longer a problem is allowed to run riot as it can often impact how other parts of the unit operate. These issues also affect how effective the unit runs which, as noted above, increases your energy costs.
Typically, a preventative maintenance visit will include a complete inspection of the electrical system, as well as the other parts, including a filter change.
How do you know how to schedule the maintenance visits? Well, it’s obvious when your HVAC system needs a repair because it doesn’t run properly. We often let the maintenance side of things slip under the radar because we don’t notice the little things that are causing the system problems.
The longer it goes without the more likely it is to run into issues that require repair. Have your HVAC system checked regularly to ensure that it runs smoothly. You can speak to your HVAC professional about what maintenance checks are right for your system. If your bills have recently increased, if your home isn’t the right temperature or you’re hearing noises that weren’t there before… your HVAC system needs a check-up.
Call the professionals if you need any advice!