Why is HVAC Maintenance Important?
Without an HVAC system, your home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area would be a much different place. In fact, if it weren’t for your furnace and air conditioner providing comfortable, conditioned air throughout the year, there would probably be times when you’d prefer to be outside rather than indoors. Given the significant contributions of your HVAC system to your well-being, it makes sense to keep it properly maintained so you can enjoy that comfort without interruption. In addition, there are several other reasons why the professionals at Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces in Farmers Branch recommend keeping your HVAC system in top shape.
With all the problems that can eventually occur, an HVAC system that isn’t properly maintained can begin to behave very badly. Unfortunately, some of these problems can result in safety hazards that are entirely avoidable through simple maintenance. For example, if you don’t properly maintain your furnace’s burner, the neglect could cause incomplete combustion that results in excess carbon monoxide production. Electrical fires, mildew and other types of property damage are all potential risks of not properly maintaining your system.
Although routine maintenance of your HVAC system does come with a modest charge, the money it saves will far outweigh the expense. Having maintenance performed benefits every part of your system. When the components are properly cleaned and lubricated, they perform better. Basically, well-maintained equipment simply runs more efficiently. This reduces the amount of energy consumed, and that lowers the monthly utility bill. If your system can draw in air without pulling it through a dirty air filter, for example, it won’t work nearly as hard or suffer as much wear and tear.
An accumulation of unnecessary wear translates directly into failing parts that have to be replaced or repaired. By merely helping you avoid such repairs, maintenance visits pay for themselves. A competent technician can discover lurking issues and correct them before they become expensive problems. If you’re tired of high utility bills and frequent repairs, there’s a rational alternative. Conscientiously schedule HVAC maintenance.
There’s another savings as well. Maintenance lowers costs because it allows your equipment to last longer. Increasing the longevity of your HVAC system means replacing it later rather than sooner. That’s always good news.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Since HVAC equipment is responsible for circulating air around your home, most of the air you breathe goes through your HVAC system at some point. Therefore, to prevent respiratory issues, it’s important to ensure that the air your equipment moves isn’t contaminated by the system in some way.
For example, one common problem we see at Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces is a dirty evaporator coil. This coil is what cools and dehumidifies the air when your air conditioner is running. Due to the nature of this component, dust often accumulates on it, resulting in decreased performance.
In addition to reducing the performance of the coil, though, dust can also create ideal conditions for mildew to grow. On the other hand, if you have your HVAC system maintained, you won’t have to worry about mildew growing on this or any of your system’s other components.
Ensuring Optimal Operation
Another important reason to have your HVAC system maintained is to ensure that you can enjoy its best possible performance at all times. It’s quite likely that at some point you’ve dealt with an HVAC system that barely performed adequately. In those circumstances, you’re actually paying more to decrease your own comfort. Rather than enduring mediocre performance that can leave you with a less-than-comfortable home, rely on quality maintenance procedures to guarantee that your HVAC system can pump out sufficient warm or cool air to keep your home comfortable in all types of weather.
Thanks to the many moving components that are present in an HVAC system, a poorly maintained one can be downright noisy. Squeaks, squeals, bangs, vibrations and countless other noises can be caused by poorly maintained fans and other parts of an HVAC system. In many cases, the noises that an HVAC system makes can be loud enough to drown out a TV or a conversation, making life in your home very unpleasant.
The good news is that quality maintenance will typically catch any such problem early before it has a chance to become a major annoyance. Of course, in some cases, getting rid of noise requires replacing a part. By having your system maintained, though, this process will generally be easier and less expensive than if you wait until the part fails completely.
Keeping Your Warranty Valid
All new HVAC systems come with some type of manufacturer’s warranty. Hiding in the fine print of many of these warranties, though, is a stipulation that states you must properly maintain your HVAC system for your warranty to remain valid. Considering the potential cost of repairing or replacing your HVAC system without a warranty, this is a very serious concern.
This stipulation makes sense, however. After all, an HVAC manufacturer doesn’t want to be fixing broken systems if they don’t have to. Since having your system maintained can potentially help avoid breakdowns that could leave you without heating or cooling for a while, proper maintenance is a win-win proposition for all parties involved.
How Often Should You Have Maintenance Performed?
Although it’s easy to see the importance of having your HVAC system maintained, what may not be as clear is how often you should do so. The best option is to have your system inspected and tuned up twice a year, once in the fall before the heating season begins and once in the spring before the cooling season starts. Following this schedule will ensure that your heating and cooling units are in proper working order before you need them. It will also reveal any excess wear and tear the unit accumulated through previous use. No matter what season it is, the professional technicians from Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces can take care of your HVAC system year-round.
Preparing for the Future
By having your HVAC system routinely maintained, you’ll have a pretty good idea of its current status. The technicians at Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces work hard to be up-front with our customers. Our analysis will help you understand if your system is likely to have many more years of service left in it or it’s on its last legs. This knowledge will then help you plan ahead. If you’re fully informed, you can set a financial schedule that allows you to reach your other goals while still saving enough to replace your HVAC system whenever that becomes necessary. Remember that Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces also installs new HVAC systems, and we make them as affordable as possible. We even arrange financing on approved credit. In the meantime, we also perform HVAC repairs. Of course, our services apply to both heating and cooling equipment. Whether you need assistance with a furnace or air conditioner, we can do it all. We also install indoor air quality systems and perform whole-home energy audits to help you discover ways to lower your utility bills. Call us today to schedule routine maintenance or any other service. We operate in Farmers Branch and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region.