As the cost of living continues to rise, forgoing HVAC maintenance may seem like an easy way to save money. But the small savings you enjoy today could end up costing you in the years to come.
Routine inspections can help correct small problems before they require costly repairs. But that’s not all. Here are some of the key benefits associated with professional HVAC maintenance.
What are the benefits of HVAC maintenance?
During an HVAC tuneup, your service technician cleans, repairs and replaces components to optimize system safety and performance. This improves home comfort and reduces monthly energy costs. In addition, by reducing unnecessary wear and tear, HVAC maintenance extends the life of your system.
How often is HVAC maintenance necessary?
To maintain optimal performance, HVAC maintenance should be done at least once per year. However, inspections are recommended twice a year, preferably in spring and fall, especially in locations that experience extreme temperatures and weather. Schedule your appointment early to get ahead of the seasonal rush.
What does HVAC maintenance entail?
Some of the items on your technician’s checklist may include:
- Changing air filters
- Calibrating the thermostat
- Tightening electrical connections
- Lubricating moving parts
- Adjusting blower components
- Inspecting vents, flues and duct work
- Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils
- Checking for refrigerant leaks
- Adjusting gas pressure and cleaning the burner
- Inspecting the heat exchanger
Some of these tasks are essential to household safety. For example, dirty burners could cause the furnace to misfire. A small crack in the heat exchanger could allow deadly carbon monoxide to infiltrate your home.
In some cases, duct cleaning may be necessary to remove excessive accumulation of dust and other debris. This prevents the spread of contaminants throughout your home. It also alleviates health symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality, such as sore throats and headaches.
Have additional questions about HVAC maintenance? Reach out today — and don’t forget to schedule your spring inspection.