An efficient HVAC system is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of a comfortable home. If your unit is running without issues, you may be wondering if professional HVAC maintenance is necessary. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of regular maintenance, when to schedule a visit with your local technician, and how to identify problems with your system.
HVAC Maintenance 101
Don’t think of HVAC maintenance as a hassle. Instead, think of it as a preventative measure to extend the life of your unit and avoid breakdowns. It’s recommended that homeowners have HVAC maintenance at least once every year, even if their system shows no signs of damage or problems. Many common problems with HVAC systems begin in the unit itself, which can often only be identified and resolved by a trained technician. Having yearly HVAC maintenance is a great opportunity to assess the efficiency of your unit and ensure it is free of debris and damage.
Aside from routine maintenance appointments, homeowners should perform regular maintenance themselves. All HVAC systems have parts that require some maintenance throughout the year, including:
Air filters get clogged and dirty over time, especially during seasons when your HVAC is being used around the clock. Replacing dirty air filters is an easy way for homeowners to keep their units running smoothly.
Like air filters, the evaporator and condenser coils get dirty over time. We recommend that you check these coils once every year and clean out any dirt or debris that has built up.
Condensate drains can become clogged over the course of months or years and can prevent the unit from properly expelling condensation. This can cause excess moisture to build up and lead to problems. Once a year, we recommend that you check your condensate drains and consider passing a stiff wire through the drain channels to address any clogs.
Debris & Damage
Debris can build up around your unit at any time. We recommend that you check around your unit every month or so to ensure it is free of yard debris that could cause damage. During this monthly check, we also recommend that you inspect the unit for signs of rodent or pest damage. If you notice and address damage quickly, you can save money and prolong the life of your unit.
How to Spot a Problem
The best way to spot a problem with your HVAC system is by being vigilant. Try to get into the habit of inspecting your unit and checking for damage. It’s also a great idea to know how your HVAC system normally functions so you can notice any changes in efficiency or sounds. Checking your energy bills is another great way to spot possible problems with your unit. If you notice a rise in your energy bill, an inefficient or damaged HVAC system may be to blame, so be vigilant and take note of any problems that arise. But remember, having regular HVAC maintenance is one of the best ways you can prevent problems from arising, so make sure to prioritize your yearly maintenance appointments.
Maintenance Call vs. Service Call
As we’ve explained, all homeowners should schedule yearly maintenance appointments to keep their HVAC systems working efficiently. However, if you are noticing any signs of damage, electrical problems, or poor heating & cooling, you need to schedule a service call. Unlike maintenance appointments, service calls give you the opportunity to have your HVAC system diagnosed with a problem and resolved by a trained technician. Yearly maintenance appointments can help prevent problems from arising, but you will need to rely on a service call to address any acute problems or issues with your system.
In conclusion, all homeowners should have their HVAC systems serviced at least once every year, even if their unit is running perfectly. HVAC technicians can assess the unit in detail to ensure it will continue to keep your home comfortable all year long.
Ready to schedule your annual HVAC service? Contact us today, and one of our expert technicians will perform maintenance on your unit.