Have you scheduled your annual HVAC system preventative maintenance yet? You may think you can skip this, but it’s more important than you think. Please read below to learn more about the purpose and benefits to having a PM contract.
Why Is Maintenance Important?
The purpose of preventative maintenance is to keep your HVAC system up and running all season long with no surprise breakdowns, while operating at top efficiency. You hardly even pay attention to your HVAC system until it stops working, so it’s easy to neglect it. Think of what would happen if you ignored maintenance on your car. If you never have the oil changed or perform maintenance of any kind until the check-engine light comes on, your car will not last more than a couple years
Your HVAC system is the same way. No matter how expensive the system is or what the manufacturer promises, a complicated piece of mechanical equipment is subject to breakdowns and needs repairs every so often. Reduce the incidence of repairs by keeping on top of annual maintenance.
Benefits of Annual HVAC System Maintenance
- Lower energy bills:You might assume that since the equipment is heating or cooling your home without any apparent problem that everything is fine. However, have you taken a look at your energy bills lately? A neglected system slowly loses its ability to keep your home comfortable at the same level of efficiency it once did. Just as a car tune-up delivers better gas mileage, your HVAC system consumes less fuel after receiving professional maintenance.
- Fewer repairs: Being pro-active with your PM will allow your technician to correct potential issues with your unit before becoming a major problem. Like any machine with moving parts, belts and gears can become worn down over time. Replacing them at the first sign of wear can prevent a major part from breaking.
- Lower chance of a catastrophic breakdown:It is incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable when equipment breaks down on a sweltering summer afternoon or frigid winter night, right when you need your HVAC system most. The odds of this happening when you schedule inspections every year are greatly diminished.
- Longer equipment life: HVAC equipment function best when they’re regularly serviced and cleaned. One malfunctioning part can cause a domino effect that causes the entire system to break down. Regular maintenance prevents this from happening and adds years to your equipment’s lifespan.
- Safer equipment operation: A burnt up wire can cause an electrical fire that can damage far more than your HVAC system. Routine maintenance will spot and correct these potential hazards.
Maintenance You Should Leave to the Pros
Many homeowners wonder why they can’t just complete an entire tune-up themselves. The fact is a thorough tune-up requires skills, tools and knowledge that only experienced HVAC technicians can deliver. This is what you can expect from us at your scheduled PM:
- Tighten electrical connections
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect and clear drain lines
- Check system controls
- Clean and adjust the blower
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils
- Check refrigerant charge
- Check amperage ensuring it meets manufacturer specifications
Additional Benefits of having a PM Contract with All Weather Mechanical:
- 10% Discount on all parts
- Priority service during peak season
- Discount on new systems
- No service call fee
- 2 services per year, one in Spring and one in Fall
Maintenance Tasks You Can (and Should) Do Yourself
Plan to schedule annual HVAC system maintenance once in the spring for your cooling and again in the fall for heating. The following are items you can perform in between maintenance to further help your unit perform:
- Change the HVAC air filterevery month.
- Remove debris from around the outdoor unit.
- Hose down the outdoor unit when dirt begins to accumulate on it.
- Trim back foliage to at least 18 inches from the outdoor unit.
- Keep supply and return registers unblocked by drapes, rugs or furniture.