The Importance of Regular HVAC Maintenance
We depend on our HVAC systems to keep us comfortable year round. From keeping us cool in the summer and fall, to keeping us warm in the winter and spring — they’re often running around the clock! This kind of continuous use can put a lot of strain on your system. Over time, this can lead to lower efficiency, higher utility bills, and eventual repairs.
Preventative maintenance is proactive maintenance! It allows you to catch and address small issues before they become large and expensive problems. Here are some other key reasons why you shouldn’t skip out on your regular HVAC maintenance.
HVAC Warranty Compliance:
If your home has an HVAC system that is less than ten years old, it’s likely still under warranty. If you want to keep it that way, regular maintenance is required! Why should you care whether or not your system stays under warranty? It all comes down to cost. Should the worst happen and your system starts having problems or stops working, a warranty can save you money out of pocket on repairs.
However, a warranty only applies if certain conditions are met. Often, these conditions are things like the system is operated properly, and that it receives annual or biannual maintenance. Texas Ace Heating & Air offers preventative maintenance packages for residential homes, multi-family homes, and commercial buildings. We’re here to help you keep your system performing at its best, and to keep it in compliance with your warranty!
Better Performance & Utility Costs:
As a general rule, the longer your HVAC system goes without being serviced, the worse its efficiency gets. This is true even if you’re not running your system very often. Dust still accumulates if your system isn’t running. So, when you finally turn things on during the more extreme seasons, you’re still dealing with several month’s worth of dust! Keeping your HVAC system well maintained is key to keeping it running at peak efficiency. Regular maintenance means air will flow more freely, drains will be kept clear, and you won’t have to deal with leaky ductwork costing you money.
Of course, low efficiency means your system has to work harder and longer. This in turn leads to a higher utility bill! On top of saving you money on utilities, regular maintenance can actually save you money on repairs. When your HVAC technician catches and addresses small concerns, they can take proactive steps to prevent a major problem. This means you’re less likely to deal with an emergency HVAC breakdown!
Comfort and Safety:
When it comes to your HVAC system, your safety and your comfort are the highest priorities. A properly maintained system will help you feel confident that everything is running just as it should. Poorly maintained systems can lead to more than uneven heating and cooling — they can also be dangerous. A cracked furnace can leak dangerous carbon monoxide gas. A corroded A/C unit can be a major fire hazard.
Having your HVAC system serviced regularly means having a professional HVAC technician evaluate the condition of the entire system from top to bottom. That means they look for leaks, cracks, worn out parts, and other safety hazards. It also means they make sure those problems get repaired! When you know that you’re in good hands, you can enjoy the comfort of your home with the confidence that everything is running just as it should.
DIY HVAC Maintenance:
There are a few DIY HVAC maintenance steps you can take to keep your system running smoothly in between professional visits. Here are a few of the things you can (and should) do yourself to ensure optimal performance:
- Replace your system’s filters according to the recommended schedule:
- 1” filters – change monthly
- 2” filters – every 2 months
- 4” filters – every 6 months
- Media filters – every 6-8 months
- Keep your outdoor and indoor units free from debris and dirt
- Make sure your indoor units have sufficient clearance
If your system is in need of a tune-up, contact Texas Ace Heating and Air today and schedule an appointment! Call us at 817-240-6701, or contact us online anytime.