Regular Maintenance for Your HVAC System
Posted on: October 13, 2013
Just as you may periodically bring your automobile in to your friendly neighborhood mechanic for oil changes, tune-ups and other routine maintenance, you also need to schedule regular maintenance for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
If you recently purchased a home or business and are relying on the HVAC system that the previous owner installed, you may not have a clear idea of how often maintenance was performed.
Even if you see a schedule of maintenance performed from the previous owner, you may not be sure about the quality of the work that was done. Was the technician properly trained and did he have the expertise to perform the maintenance properly? You will want to schedule an appointment to have a licensed, professional technician come to your location to perform maintenance as soon as possible.
People often take a great deal of time and effort to research a new HVAC system for their home, and then after it has been installed, they find other matters pressing for their attention. Before you know it, a year can go by without having scheduled a service call for preventative maintenance.
However, it's important to remember that regular maintenance of your HVAC system is essential for keeping it running for years to come. You will want to protect this valuable asset to keep everyone as comfortable as possible in the building during the extreme cold of winter and the oppressive heat of summer.
The Importance of Maintenance
Without maintenance, your air handler will begin to accumulate dirt, dust and pet dander. The outdoor condensing unit may get covered with leaves and fallen debris, which lowers its efficiency.
For every year that your HVAC system goes without maintenance by a professionally trained technician, it loses approximately 5 percent of its operating efficiency. Imagine going five years without maintenance. Your unit will be functioning about 25 percent less efficiently, causing it to work harder. What's more, your utility bills will likely skyrocket, as heating and air conditioning make up a significant portion of your energy expenditures every year.
Not only will you save money and prolong the operational life of your HVAC system through routine scheduled maintenance, you also will make the entire system much safer.
During a maintenance visit, the technician will test and tighten all electrical connections and measure the motor's voltage and current to make sure that it is working per the manufacturer's specifications. The safety of your family at home or your employees at work depends in part on making sure to get regular maintenance of your HVAC system.
Schedule Maintenance Today
If you are prone to forgetting to arrange for routine maintenance, you can sign up for our yearly preventative maintenance program, which will ensure that your equipment stays operating at maximum efficiency. Regular maintenance is the most effective way to retain the value and performance of your system, and the minor cost of maintenance will be offset by the reduced future cost of an expensive repair job that maintenance our preventative program offers.
In between visits from your professional HVAC technician, you will want to remember to change your filter media according to the manufacturer's recommendations to help prolong the life of your equipment. If you have disposable filters, throw them out when they become dirty and replace them immediately. If you have reusable filters, wash them thoroughly and then let them dry completely before putting them back in.
HVAC maintenance saves you money, keeps your equipment operating more safely and efficiently and keeps you more comfortable. At David Gray Heating & Air, our expert technicians are skilled at performing the regular maintenance that your HVAC system needs. If you haven't had your equipment inspected and maintained lately, please give us a call today to set up an appointment.