September 3, 2022
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HVAC maintenance and maintenance contracts are a cost-effective way to ensure your unit is working at maximum efficiency. Regular HVAC maintenance can extend your HVAC unit's life and help you avoid costly repairs.
What is HVAC Maintenance?
Getting your HVAC unit maintenanced is similar to getting your oil changed in your vehicle. The goal is to ensure your unit is running smoothly and efficiently and to avoid costly repairs and replacements in the future. When getting your HVAC unit maintenanced, a service professional will visit your residence or business and complete a Precision Tune-Up on your unit.
This Precision Tune-Up will include:
- Cleaning Indoor and Outdoor Coils
- Check Refrigerant Levels
- Inspect Wiring and Electrical Connections
- Monitor Amp Draw on Motors and Compressor
- Test Capacitors and Inspect Contactors
- Clear Drain Line and Ensure Proper Drainage
How Often Should I Get My Unit Maintenanced?
It is best to get maintenance on your HVAC unit twice yearly. Once in the spring when it is time to turn on the air conditioning and once in the fall before turning on your heat. It is especially important for homes with gas heat to get regular maintenance in the fall to ensure no bugs or spiders have made nests or webs near the open flame that could potentially cause a fire and to be sure that no carbon monoxide is being emitted from the heat exchanger.
What are the Benefits of HVAC Maintenance?
Prevention is the best medicine for HVAC systems. Getting professional eyes on your system can help to detect a small problem before it turns expensive. HVAC units are under the most stress during the hottest and coldest months and that is when they tend to fail. Finding and repairing a small part, such as a capacitor, or ensuring your refrigerant levels are at the manufacturer's specifications before your unit is under a lot of stress can save you a costly after-hours service call and long wait times during the hottest and coldest months. Regular cleaning and filter changes can also ensure a healthier environment.
Benefits of HVAC maintenance include:
- Better energy efficiency
- Detect small issues before they grow into costly repairs
- Prevent system damage
- Improve overall HVAC lifespan
- Better indoor air quality
- Improve home comfort
Should I get an HVAC Maintenance Plan?
HVAC Maintenance Plans can be lifesavers in extreme temperatures. A service contract makes it more likely you'll keep up with seasonal and annual checks and tune-ups and an HVAC maintenance plan with a priority clause can be worth its weight in gold for some households. If you have young children, elderly family members, or people vulnerable to extreme temperatures due to health conditions it may be especially valuable for you to know a service professional will be able to get to your home the same day in the event of an HVAC failure.
Is An HVAC Maintenance Plan Worth It?
In addition to saving you the hassle of remembering to call and schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance, most HVAC maintenance plans offer priority clauses, discounted after-hours service calls, discounted repairs, and some even offer discounted unit replacements. Many homeowners find that because of these extra perks having a maintenance plan is worth the money. Make sure to choose a trustworthy company with plenty of positive reviews for your maintenance plan and read the maintenance plan line by line to be certain it is worth the money.
The last thing to remember is that it's entirely possible you'll pay for a contract for years without using it, or it could end up saving you hundreds or thousands in costly repairs or replacements. Think of your HVAC maintenance plan as similar to "insurance". While there's no guarantee you'll use it past the seasonal checkups, you'll probably breathe a sigh of relief knowing it's there if you ever need it.
For more information on our maintenance plans, let one of our skilled service professionals answer your questions. Contact Honest Air Heating & Cooling, LLC via our website or call us at 615-517-2045 today!