We are often asked about reasons for maintenance. Regular, preventive maintenance of your HVAC system is a requirement of home or business ownership. Just as you would not drive your car without ever changing the oil, you should not be constantly operating your HVAC system without maintenance. HVAC maintenance is essential to the health and efficiency of your system.
When your trusted HVAC technician services your HVAC system, it will improve the efficiency of your system. The steps included in preventive maintenance will thoroughly clean and test various components of your system. Doing so will cause the system to work more efficiently. This means that the HVAC system will not have to work as hard to keep you and your family or employees comfortable. This means less energy consumption and more savings for you! Neglecting HVAC maintenance can cause your system to work harder and harder for the same results, using more and more electricity as the years go on.
A skilled HVAC technician will often spot problem areas in preventive maintenance before they become a costly surprise. Many malfunctions or normal wear and tear can be corrected when detected early for much cheaper. If you are not regularly servicing your HVAC system, small issues can quickly turn into large problems. Many people don’t call the HVAC tech until there is a system failure, which can be an expensive repair. One of many reasons for maintenance is to detect and correct problem areas early before they become a system failure.
If your HVAC components are under warranty, you should know that most manufacturers require evidence of annual maintenance to pay a claim. An investment in regular maintenance is essentially giving you an insurance policy. If something malfunctions that are covered under warranty, you’ll be able to file your claim with more confidence and ease with evidence of maintenance.
A well-functioning HVAC system will keep the quality of air in your home higher. Part of the function of your HVAC system is to filter pollutants out of the air you and your family or employees breathe. You may not think that the danger is high indoors, but the EPA estimates that indoor pollutant levels are generally 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Your HVAC system has to work hard to filter out allergens and pollutants, so the more efficient the system, the higher your air quality will be.
Perhaps the most important of the reasons for maintenance is that it will keep your family and your home safer. HVAC maintenance will help protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Your technician will test for any leakage of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly for your family. Also, maintenance can help prevent malfunctions in the most extreme temperatures. For example, if you are traveling for the holidays, you don’t want to worry if freezing temperatures will beat your heating system in your home. No one wants to return from vacation to busted pipes from freezing or any disaster like that.
Regular maintenance will extend the life of your current HVAC system, putting off costly system replacement costs. Just as taking care of your health with regular checkups with a medical professional is important, HVAC maintenance is important. You want your HVAC system to serve you as long as it can serve you well. Regular maintenance helps extend that time.
We mentioned your well-maintained system will use less electricity. This results in savings for you. But really all reasons for maintenance we touched on mean savings for you. You may save money by catching an issue before it becomes a costly repair or maybe even get several more years of use out of your system before needing to replace it. You could save money by having a warranty in place to cover necessary repairs or by preventing costly medical treatment for carbon monoxide or allergens and pollutants in your home. The bottom line is that all the reasons for maintenance will improve your bottom line. The small investment in regular HVAC maintenance is well worth the savings you find in other areas of maintenance, repair, and utility costs.
Now you are aware of many of the main reasons for maintenance. But you may still be asking, “What exactly is HVAC maintenance?” Professional HVAC companies will offer a maintenance agreement to be sure your HVAC system is as efficient as possible. A good maintenance plan includes a full inspection and service of your HVAC system. Madd Air offers a complete maintenance plan to divide the service between two visits per year. This way, we can ensure your AC system is in optimum condition when you need it most in summer, and your heating system is in optimum condition when you need it most in winter! Both services provide a thorough cleaning and inspection, servicing the moving parts of the system that is accessible, testing the appropriate components, and making adjustments as needed. Our Diamond Club Maintenance members also receive a discount on any repair costs recommended in the inspection!
Remember: you value your car enough to have the oil changed. You value your health enough to have checkups. Your HVAC system is perhaps one of the most valuable parts of your home. Keep your system well maintained, and it will provide you with the comfort with fewer issues for years to come.