Just about every home in Richmond, VA has a heating and cooling system. As a homeowner, it's extremely important for you to tune up your HVAC system on a regular basis. Listed below are seven reasons why your HVAC unit requires regular, preventative maintenance.
7 Reasons to Keep Your Heating and Cooling System in Tiptop Shape!
Reason #1: Preventative Maintenance Extends the Life of Your HVAC Equipment
Regular, preventative tune ups can extend the life of your HVAC equipment. A technician can repair or replaces the parts of your system that are in the process of wearing down. If this preventative work isn’t done, these parts can wear down and cause undue strain on the rest of the unit. Over time, this unnecessary wear and tear will take its toll can shorten the life of your HVAC system.
Reason #2: Tune Ups Deter Untimely, Inconvenient System Breakdowns
Doesn’t it always feel like our HVAC system breaks down during a major heatwave or the coldest day in winter? Murphy’s Law usually prevails when it comes to heating and cooling systems. One of the best ways to thwart Murphy's Law is to have your system serviced on a regular basis.
Constant use causes motors to wear down and eventually break. Filters grow dirty and force the rest of the equipment to work harder than it’s made to work. By having your system maintained periodically, the HVAC professional can fix or replace many of the parts that are wearing out before an inconvenient breakdown.
Reason #3: Regular HVAC Tune Ups Can Help You Avoid Costly Repairs
There are many components of an HVAC system and repair costs can vary wildly. If something in your heating and cooling system breaks down in the middle of a weekend snowstorm, you're going to pay a premium for that repair, which could potentially have cost much less if the issue had been identified and repaired during a preventative maintenance visit. In fact, the vast majority of the emergency repairs we encounter would have been caught during a regular maintenance visit.
Reason #4: Preventative Maintenance Helps You to Avoid Having to Replace Your Unit
Yes, repairs are costly; yet, having to buy a new AC unit or Heat Pump is much more costly than most repairs. And the cost of an HVAC tune-up is usually quite reasonable. Heating and cooling systems have many parts that may need to be repaired or replaced, such as the furnace, heat pump, boiler, gas pipes, ductwork and vents. Your most economical option is to have your unit serviced bi-annually.
Reason #5: Preventative Maintenance Can Conserve Energy and Lower Your Energy Bill
Another reason you should have your HVAC unit tuned up bi-annually is because it improves the energy efficiency of your system. Increased energy efficiency translates into a reduced energy bill every month. Some estimates state that consistent, routine maintenance can reduce your energy bill by 15% per month.
Reason #6: Regular Tune Ups Maintain the Comfort Level of Your Home
How does regular HVAC maintenance improve comfort? By keeping your equipment in tiptop shape, preventative maintenance ensures that your HVAC unit runs at optimum levels. Many components can begin to erode, degrade and breakdown over time. When this happens, the HVAC system will begin to produce warm and/or cold air inconsistently or in "patches."
Reason #7: Preventative Maintenance Ensures Your HVAC Warranty Remains In Force
Many homeowners haven’t read the fine print and, thus, are unaware that nothing can void the terms of their HVAC equipment warranties like failing to ensure that their units are regularly maintenanced. Virtually all manufacturers stipulate that their units must undergo regular maintenance; if not, their warranty may be void. In fact, they may go so far as to request documentation that attests to regular preventative maintenance.
How Often Should You Tune Up Your HVAC System?
Two maintenance visits per year is ideal. At the very least your HVAC unit needs a tune up once a year, in the spring. If you can get a maintenance plan that provides two visits per year, like the Howell's Comfort Club program, try to schedule a maintenance visit every spring every fall.
Don’t Forget to Tune Up Your HVAC System
There are many reasons why you need to have your HVAC equipment tuned up on a consistent basis by a professional. This article has shared seven of the most important reasons. The question is: Are you ready to have your system tuned up? If so, when?
Contact Howell's Heating and Air to schedule a tune up of your heating and cooling system today.