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Showing posts with label HVAC System. Show all posts
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Friday, September 30, 2022

The Importance of Regular HVAC Maintenance


No matter what kind of central HVAC system you are operating, it is vital to understand just how important regular maintenance can be. Altogether too many people think it’s just a matter of switching out filters every month or so and while that is truly important, it is not all there is to regular maintenance. Whether you have a large commercial unit or a smaller home HVAC system, there are multiple reasons why it is important to keep up with maintenance.

Regular Maintenance Saves Money

One of the very first benefits you will discover with regularly scheduled HVAC Maintenance Services is just how much money you can save running your unit 12 months out of the year. In the winter, you need heat and on those long, hot days of summer, you surely need the relief air conditioning brings. Actually, there are several ways in which regular maintenance can save money, beginning with more efficient operation. 

Think about your personal vehicle. You are advised to have all the fluids and filters changed every so many thousands of miles and the same holds true of your HVAC system. You probably notice how much smoother your car runs after every oil change and your brakes stop squeaking when the brake fluid is changed and filled. Your vehicle not only operates smoother, but you will find that it is more fuel efficient as well. This is the same concept of servicing your HVAC regularly. It will be more efficient, which, in turn, makes it cheaper to operate.

Regular Servicing Adds to the Lifespan

Let’s look yet again at the vehicle you drive daily to work. You may notice grinding and squeaking in the wheels, which is a pretty good indication that the ball joints need to be greased. Unless you take care of that instantly upon noticing the problem, you could encounter much more expensive repairs. 

In the case of your vehicle, if the ball joints become worn, you could experience catastrophic failure, which could, in turn, lead to the coming apart of your front suspension. This would lead to loss of control and if you happen to be on a highway at 70mph, your life and the lives of any passengers could be in grave danger. While failing to grease moving parts on an HVAC unit wouldn’t be quite as catastrophic, it could lead to systemic failures, requiring a whole new unit.

Extended Lifespan of Your Unit

Regular maintenance of your HVAC unit can also extend its lifespan by many years. It is said that the average lifespan of an HVAC unit is anywhere from 10 to 15 years, by contracting regular maintenance you could extend that by as many as another 5 to 10 years. Who wouldn’t like to avoid a major expense that is easily accomplished by adding years to the unit you already have?

However, it should also be noted that a thorough inspection should be conducted annually, at a very minimum. While your HVAC maintenance service provider may come out monthly to change filters to keep incoming air fresh and clean, you may have only contracted an annual inspection. That may be sufficient but in terms of a commercial unit or one that is used around the clock 24/7 throughout the entire year, a biannual inspection is highly recommended.

Safety and Comfort

Have you ever gone away for the Christmas holidays, only to return to a home that is frozen solid with almost as many ice crystals inside as out? It seems like Murphy’s Law never fails and it is just when no one will be in the home, your unit decides to fail. Even though you’ve reduced the thermostat to 68° Fahrenheit, or lower, your HVAC unit completely failed so that temperatures inside were only a few degrees warmer than the outside world.

Thankfully, it didn’t result in a fire, but the cost of replacing everything damaged by frost was beyond acceptable. Also, your creature comfort can be assured when you have a well-maintained HVAC system, so you won’t need to wait days for a service tech to get out. While there are reliable companies that will send a tech out immediately, even a few hours in ultra-cold temperatures can be unbearable.

If ever there were any reasons to keep your unit well-maintained and serviced regularly, these are among the most important. Don’t let your unit go without being serviced and maintained regularly because, in the end, you are the one who will suffer.