Your HVAC system is something you use all year long. They keep you cool and comfortable in the summer and toasty warm in the winter. Because of this continuous use, your unit can be under a lot of strain which leads to lower efficiency, higher energy bills, and eventual breakdown. To be proactive and prevent costly repairs, routine HVAC maintenance should be performed to catch problems before they occur.
Your cooling and heating system has lots of parts that make it function properly and just as you go to your doctor for regular check-ups, your HVAC also needs to have a regular once-over to make sure it’s healthy. Beyond the cost associated with making repairs, neglect will eventually lead to the need for a complete replacement of your HVAC system. Basically, the sooner you realize that you might have a problem, the lower your overall costs will be.
Here are some of the top benefits to keeping your HVAC system in top-notch condition:
- Lower energy bills. When your HVAC system is running at optimal capacity, your energy bills will be lower. The air will flow more freely, parts will be kept clean, drains will be cleared and you’ll be assured that you don’t have any leaks preventing all the cool or warm air from escaping before it reaches your living area.
- Fewer repairs. HVAC units inevitably require emergency repairs, but well-maintained units are less likely to break down during constant use; especially when used heavily during the hottest summer months and coldest winter months. Keeping your HVAC unit well maintained will alleviate the worry that something will happen when you need it the most.
- Longer unit lifespan. Heating and cooling systems function best when they are regularly serviced. If one thing goes wrong it can cause a domino effect that can cause many other things to malfunction. A regular maintenance program prevents this and can add years to the lifespan of your unit.
- Overall safety. Your family’s safety is top priority and a properly maintained HVAC system will give you peace of mind that you are doing all you can to keep them out of harm’s way. If a furnace develops a crack, it can fill your home with deadly carbon monoxide gas. In addition, the electronic components on you’re A/C unit are susceptible to corrosion and short circuits which are a serious fire hazard. Regular maintenance is necessary to prevent these dangers.
- Improved air quality. Indoor pollutants like dust, pet dander, dust mites, and gasses are not what you want to be breathing. Add outdoor irritants like pollen, smog, and smoke that come in through open doors and windows, and that can cause the indoor air pollution to be worse than outside. Regular HVAC maintenance will keep indoor air clean.
Before formal visits from your HVAC provider, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep up with necessary maintenance such as:
- Replace filters per the required schedule (1”- monthly, 2” – every 2 months, 4” – every 6 months, media – every 6-8 months)
- Keep your outdoor unit clear of debris and dirt
- Make sure you haven’t placed items too close to the indoor portion of your unit
Other tasks should be left to the professionals including:
- Thermostat calibration
- Coil and evaporator cleaning
- Electrical checks
- Drain inspecting and cleaning
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Inspection of gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger
- Fuel line connection checks
- Blower adjustments
- Ductwork inspections
All of these things are essential for a thorough HVAC maintenance tune-up and should be a regular part of your routine, just like changing the oil in your car. Give Texas Ace Heating and Air a call at 817-240-6701 or contact us to find out more about our HVAC maintenance options and preventive maintenance program.