Heating & Cooling Equipment Care
Why is annual maintenance so important?
Annual preventative maintenance (tune-up) is highly recommended to keep your
Heating & Cooling — HVAC system(s) running with no or limited breakdowns,
operate at top efficiency, and prolonging system lifespan.
Our HVAC systems are easy to forget about and neglect it. But imagine doing the
same with your car. Maintenance for your car, like an oil change, works very much
the same. And, no matter how expensive your unit, and mechanical equipment
needs proper maintenance.
What are the benefits?
Lower energy bills: You might assume that since your equipment is heating
orcooling your home without any apparent problem that everything is fine.
But, besure to take a look at your energy bills. A neglected system slowly loses
its ability tokeep your home comfortable at the same level of efficiency it once did.
Just as a car tune-up provides better gas mileage, your HVAC system consumes
less fuel with regular professional maintenance.
Fewer repairs: Do you hear strange sounds or notice an odd odor coming from your furnace? Call for a tune-up right away! Problems can be addressed before they become disastrous. For example, a fraying belt could result in strange operating noises. If a technician replaces it in time, you can avoid the expensive repair that results from a snapped belt whipping around inside. By preventing future repairs, annual maintenance pays for itself.
Lower chance of a catastrophic breakdown: We all want an incident-free cooling and heating season. After all, it’s incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable when equipment breaks down on a sweltering summer afternoon or frigid winter night. The odds of this happening when you schedule tune-ups and inspections annually are greatly diminished.
Safer equipment operation: An HVAC system not working properly does more than cost a lot of money to repair; it can also endanger your family. If the furnace develops a crack in the heat exchanger, carbon monoxide gas can escape and poison the air. Electric HVAC systems can develop a short circuit, which is a serious fire hazard if ignored.
- Change the air filter monthly (some units have an indicator light).
- Remove debris from around the outdoor unit.
- Hose down the outdoor unit when dirt begins to accumulate on it.
- Trim back foliage to at least 18 inches from the unit.
- Keep supply and return registers unblocked.