We get it: when an HVAC company recommends maintenance for your air conditioner or heating system, it can be an easy suggestion to just pass over. Unless something is seriously wrong with either your cooling or heating system (such as, you aren’t receiving any heat in the middle of winter) you may be tempted to put off calling a technician, especially if everything worked “just fine” last season.
However, like maintenance for your car, routine HVAC maintenance is very important, for repair prevention and more. And as trusted Edmond, OK HVAC specialists, we believe we have the responsibility to tell you why regular maintenance is so important, and when you should schedule it. When you’re ready to do so, we’ll be here for you. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about this vital service.
First, a Little More about What Maintenance Is
This is a service offered by most heating and air conditioning contractors, but the level of service may vary. Generally speaking, your HVAC technician will have a checklist of items to inspect, test, clean, and adjust on either your cooling or heating equipment depending on the time of year. This level of maintenance goes beyond the simple tasks you should be doing on your own every few months, like changing your air filter or ensuring your outdoor unit is free of obstructions.
During your HVAC maintenance appointment, our pros might make some adjustments that help improve the performance and efficiency of your system. However, it’s very possible that there are failing components or major issues with your HVAC system, and you might have to schedule service afterward to repair or replace a component.
Now, Onto the “When”
As you may have guessed, the best time to schedule maintenance service is before you actually need your system the most. So if we’re talking about your heating system, then you’ll want to schedule service in the fall. For your air conditioner, spring is typically the best time. It’s during these times that HVAC professionals will be less likely to be out, busy with emergency calls, so you can schedule maintenance at your leisure.
However, what’s more important than when you schedule your maintenance session is how often you schedule it. Your HVAC systems should be checked by a professional once a year. So if you have a standard central AC or a furnace, each of these units should be maintained, each year. If you have a heat pump system that you use year-round, then you’ll want to schedule this service once every 6 months.
Increase Your Comfort and Safety
One of the main reasons to schedule your HVAC maintenance each year is for your comfort. Over the years, climate control systems start performing less and less effectively, and efficiently. The components wear down thanks to natural wear and tear, just like they do in the vehicle you drive.
Maintenance also keeps you safe. This is particularly true with gas-powered heating systems. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to very harmful problems, such as exposing you to high levels of carbon monoxide gas and creating fire hazards. But with maintenance, we can alert you to these types of problems so that you can have repairs conducted right away.
At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable—call today, service today!