UPDATED 2/28/2018 It’s the message you hear every fall and spring from heating and cooling companies — schedule your annual HVAC maintenance! If you ignore the warnings and don’t have your air conditioner inspected and repaired each spring, you may pay the price when the temperature soars! There are short-term and long-term consequences to delaying HVAC maintenance.
Regular HVAC maintenance prevents breakdowns so you can rely on your heat or air conditioner when you need it the most. Usually, that’s the heat of the summer or the coldest days of the winter!
Your HVAC system works hard during the extreme cold and heat, so it needs regular maintenance. Plus, most manufacturers recommend it.
Think of your heating and cooling system like your car. You take it in for an oil change every 3-5,000 miles. The same idea applies to your HVAC system. To keep it driving temperatures up in the winter and down in the summer, the system needs a tune-up.
During the seasonal checkup, the HVAC technician inspects the HVAC system, lubricates moving parts, tightens electrical connections, replaces worn belts, inspects the coils, cleans or replaces air filters, checks the start and run capacitors, tests the thermostat controls, checks refrigerant levels, and checks and adjust the burners.
Consequences of delaying HVAC tune-up
When you delay an HVAC tune-up, you may experience:
- Decreased energy efficiency
- Higher utility bills
- Poor indoor air quality
- Decreased comfort
- Repairs or replacement
While your air conditioner and furnace are built to perform at a certain efficiency, they can’t meet those goals if not properly maintained.
It’s estimated the average heating and cooling system loses about 5-percent of its efficiency every year you skip maintenance. That means you’ll pay more to heat and cool your home.
Regular HVAC maintenance can reduce overall energy consumption by 25-30%.
Third, you’ll experience poor indoor air quality. Do you find yourself coughing or sneezing more and more? Are your allergy symptoms worse than you ever remember? The reason may not be allergies but your HVAC system.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. If you fail to properly maintain your HVAC system – which includes regularly changing your air filters – you could be circulating those pollutants throughout your home.
Dirty air filters are bad for your health, and your unit. Clogged, dirty filters block airflow which affects your system’s performance. According to the Department of Energy, simply changing your air filter lowers your energy use by 5 to 15-percent.
Of course, you can change your own air filter. However, it’s also something the HVAC technician checks when he’s giving your system a comprehensive evaluation.
Fourth, you’ll experience decreased comfort. Even though you set the thermostat to a certain temperature, your HVAC equipment may not be able to keep up.
Finally, you’re likely to pay more for repairs. Preventative HVAC maintenance reduces unexpected breakdowns by 70-75% while reducing overall equipment repair by up to 20%.
Skipping HVAC maintenance isn’t worth it. In fact, the latest in smart home technology makes it easy to keep tabs on your system all year round. Smart Maintenance remotely checks your HVAC every month detecting problems before they happen.
It’s an extra layer of security, for just $4 a month. Smart Maintenance predicts and prevents breakdowns and protects your comfort.
While it’s better to get HVAC maintenance early in the heating and cooling season, some time is better than not scheduling it at all. Plus, heating and cooling companies, like Minnick’s, run deals to lower the cost of HVAC maintenance in the spring and fall. They’ll reduce the cost of Howard and Montgomery County HVAC maintenance.