Do you believe in the adage that you should "let sleeping dogs lie?" If so, you may take a passive approach to maintenance at home and be perfectly content to let your HVAC system purr away all summer. Yet, this can be dangerous as the system may not run as efficiently as it should and, in the worst-case scenario, could break down altogether. So, why is it better to take a preventative maintenance approach instead?
In challenging financial times, many people try to save as much cash as they can and will often push preventive maintenance to the back of any line. Yet sometimes, this form of maintenance can be viewed as an investment, and this is certainly the case when it comes to HVAC.
Too Much Energy
If the system is not maintained as it should be, the important parts like the condenser and compressor may need to work harder than they should to produce the same end result. This can drive up the cost of your monthly energy bill by quite a lot, and failure to maintain is, therefore, a false saving.
Lower Long-Term Bills
Further, regular maintenance should extend the life of these components too. If you look at the long run, you may not need to repair or replace them as soon as you would otherwise and, once again, should view this as a saving.
If your system is relatively new, is it still under warranty? If so, have you read the small print to see if the manufacturer requires some proof of annual maintenance? Some do, and if you don't keep up with your side of the bargain, they may be slow to pay out in the event of a claim. And remember, those big components can be quite expensive to replace, so you will need an active warranty in place at all times.
Looking beyond money for a minute, consider the health of your family. If you don't maintain your HVAC system as you should, then you may find that indoor pollution levels are much higher than they should be. Should any of you suffer from a respiratory issue like asthma, big problems could be ahead. Even if you don't, you may find that colds and sniffles become much more prevalent than they ought to be.
Finally, you should always err on the safe side when it comes to preventive maintenance, as in a worst-case scenario, a failed heat exchanger could release toxic carbon monoxide. This can happen if the part develops a crack through overuse and lack of attention, so this is definitely one reason to keep up.
Coming up to Date
Talk with your HVAC maintenance crew as soon as possible. Bring them in to conduct some preventive maintenance for your air conditioning unit and schedule this activity going forward.Share
25 April 2022
Howdy! I'm Hank and I am writing this blog so I can give you the lowdown on the cheapest and most effective ways you can heat or cool your home. I'm not a trained HVAC contractor but my brother is. Last year, I called up my brother and asked him to drive over and install a new HVAC system in my property. The old system wasn't cooling or warming my house and it was making a strange noise. During the installation, my brother gave me lots of great advice and explained exactly what he was doing at each step. I hope you find this information useful.