Most homeowners know the importance of regularly maintaining their properties. Maintenance keeps homes in good condition, which can raise their property values and prevent costly problems in the future. But some property owners only focus on certain types of home maintenance. They might replace their doors and windows, update the kitchen and bathrooms or redo their flooring. However, keeping a property in good condition isn’t only about improving the decor or appearance.
It’s also important to regularly maintain your home’s equipment, including the heating and air conditioning system. HVAC service and repair is something a lot of people don’t think about until their units stop working properly. Instead of waiting until your system breaks to think about service, consider the benefits of servicing your system before there’s an issue.
1. Proper maintenance saves money
Everyone will eventually have a problem with their HVAC system. Unfortunately, some property owners ignore small issues, and they don’t call a technician until a problem worsens.
Regular maintenance, however, can identify a small problem before it becomes a costly burden. The longer you put off an HVAC repair, the more it might cost to fix the damage. Since newer HVAC systems have a long lifespan, it’s easy to forget routine maintenance. If you get into a routine of servicing your unit once a year, you’ll reduce the likelihood of having major problems with your system. Regular service also extends the life of your system, which means you won’t have to replace it as often.
2. Maintenance saves energy
Not only can regular service reduce how much you spend repairing your system, it also saves energy and money. Your service technician can clean your condenser coils, which saves energy. Also, well-maintained equipment reduces how hard the system works to maintain the temperature in your home.
3. Regular service reduces noise
If your HVAC system has become louder over the past few weeks or months, it’s time to schedule a service appointment. Heating and cooling unit parts can break due to normal wear and tear, and when this happens, your unit can’t run as smoothly or efficiently. This causes your unit to run louder than normal. Servicing or maintaining your unit ensures all the parts work properly.
4. Maintenance keeps your family safe
If cracks develop in your heater exchange, carbon monoxide can leak into your home. This is an odorless, colorless gas that’s toxic to humans. When you schedule regular HVAC service, a technician will check your unit to identify potential safety risks.
5. Regular maintenance is required by a home warranty company
A home warranty is a cost-effective way to manage home repairs. These warranties costs between $400 and $500 a year, and covers the repair or replacement cost of your home’s appliances and major systems. Give your home warranty company a call when there’s a problem, and a technician will come to your home for a flat service fee – typically $50-$75. Unfortunately, if you haven’t scheduled regular preventative maintenance, your home warranty company might not cover the cost of replacing a broken unit.
If your HVAC system has been working with no problems for years, scheduling regular maintenance might be the last thing on your mind. Just know that regular service is the only way to ensure your system runs smoothly and efficiently. You can stop a minor problem from growing into a large one, thus extending the life of your unit and saving money.
If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled service, or if you’ve never scheduled a service, now’s the time to have a professional inspect your unit.
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