Maintenance & Scheduling
HVAC maintenance will not only help you prevent breakdowns and extend the life of your HVAC unit, but it will also most likely save you money in the long run. If you’re willing to put forth the money for regular maintenance to your HVAC systems now, you’ll help to avoid far more costly and inconvenient repairs down the line. With regular maintenance, your system will run more effectively and efficiently, which will reduce your energy bills. Not only that, but you’ll get more life out of the unit, meaning a costly replacement can be put off to a later date.
When to Schedule Your Maintenance
In order to ensure that your maintenance does the job that it’s intended to do—prevent untimely breakdowns and ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible—you’re going to need to schedule it within an appropriate window of time. That time should always be a bit before your heating or cooling system is going to be used most frequently. In other words, schedule your central air system maintenance just before summer rolls around, and your heating system maintenance just as fall begins. Getting a bit of a head start can be helpful because the further from the summer or winter you are, the less busy your HVAC company is likely to be, and therefore they should be able to be more accommodating to your schedule.
How Often to Schedule Your Maintenance
The frequency of your maintenance is even more important than the timing of it. If you don’t have a professional take a look at your HVAC systems with regularity, you run the risk of a costly and untimely breakdown when you need your system the most. Most systems, such as central air or furnaces, require maintenance once a year, while heat pump systems should be looked at once every six months, as they are used year-round.
What HVAC Maintenance Entails
The details of your HVAC maintenance will vary depending on the heating or cooling system that you’re having maintained, but the general procedure remains pretty much the same regardless. During your regularly scheduled maintenance, your HVAC technician will provide the following services:
- Regular filter replacement
- Cleaning of the system to improve efficiency
- Checking for damaged parts or leaks
- Replacing worn down parts
- Testing electronics
Your technician will inform you of any potential issues and let you know of any changes that were made during maintenance. Once they’re done you can rest assured that your HVAC system will be running as efficiently as possible, and it won’t be breaking down or causing you any issues in the near future.