Owning an HVAC system both increases the overall value of your home and makes your home a comfortable place to do just about anything throughout the year. But with ownership comes the responsibility of the care and maintenance of your system. Having a reliable company that is prepared to meet your HVAC service needs is a must.
But not all heating and cooling service companies are able to provide you with the complete range of services you need to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are several basic questions you can ask to make sure the company you choose is dependable, reliable, and able to meet all of your heating and cooling needs.
- How often should homeowners have their heating and cooling equipment serviced?
The honest answer is – it depends. Think of your HVAC system in terms of your car. The older it gets, the more maintenance it is likely to require. The minimum is at least once a year, twice if you have had a year with extreme weather conditions. The goal is to identify and repair a problem before you have to call for emergency AC Repair in the middle of the night.
- What are some reasons it is necessary to have routine maintenance of an HVAC system performed by a qualified technician?
There are actually two parts to this question that need to be answered. The first part of the answer is that the technical aspects of an HVAC system are different from company to company and model to model, and a qualified HVAC service technician will be familiar with many of the latest models to ensure they will come to your home and get the job done quickly. The second part of the answer is directly related to the company and the HVAC repair contractors you choose to service your system. Doing some research and finding the company that has the knowledge and experience on the specific HVAC model you own is critical. There are many qualified technicians available, but the technicians you need are the ones that have been specifically trained on your HVAC make and model.
The maintenance of your HVAC system is often preventative. Discovering and replacing a part that is close to failure will save you money and sleepless nights. Your system requires a general cleaning and inspection to ensure it is running at its maximum efficiency level. The modern Energy Star models are highly dependent on computer technology, and need to be adjusted periodically. Even if you have a system that is 10 years old, having it tuned up (similar to your car) will save you significant money on energy costs.
- Is there anything that can be done by the homeowner to extend the life of their HVAC systems?
While the technical maintenance needs to be left for the trained professional, homeowners can do a number of simple things to extend the life of your HVAC system. The first is simply keeping the vents clean and clear. It actually only takes less than an hour to thoroughly clean the vents and dust from around the HVAC system. Heating and cooling systems are often located in the basement, where homeowners tend to naturally stack boxes around the system. The problem is that to operate at maximum efficiency the area around the unit should have enough space for air to circulate.
To reduce the possibility of a home AC repair, call in the middle of summer (the busiest time of the year for most HVAC and air conditioner repair businesses) pay attention to your system making unusual noises or having to adjust the thermostat during the day. Odd noises and unstable indoor temperatures are two signs that you may be only days away from needing to make that unwanted emergency call to the 24-Hour AC repair service.
Finally, there is a very simple thing you can do that will make your life much easier – arrange with your local HVAC repair company to work out a preventive maintenance and service agreement. The cost is likely to be much less than a single emergency service call, and will extend the life of your system. You also get the advantage of developing a business relationship with a single contractor, so when problems arise you will have someone come to your door who is familiar with the maintenance history of the system.