Your furnace and air conditioning systems are responsible for regulating the climate of your home, keeping the temperature at a comfortable level while improving the quality of your indoor air in our many Utah valleys. With such a large role to play, it’s not surprising that your heating and cooling systems are complicated—and that means they require upkeep to keep them working at their best.
There are several benefits when you establish a regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC system. Not only will you ensure that your heating and cooling can work as efficiently as possible, but you’re also more likely to catch problems early on.
Given that your HVAC system can be one of the largest investments you’ll put into your home with an average cost of around $7,000 according to Home Advisor, it makes sense to do everything you can to protect that investment.
When your air conditioner or furnace is installed by a certified HVAC technician, like the ones at Mechanical Air, it will be tested to ensure that it’s at peak performance. Over time, though, your HVAC system has to endure the constant wear and tear of everyday use and depending on your climate, that can be extensive.
Without maintenance, the performance of your HVAC system will continue to degrade, and you might find yourself facing an expensive repair bill or even having to do a complete replacement, which would be especially inconvenient during the middle of summer or winter.
When you have a technician perform regular AC and furnace maintenance, you can reduce the impact of that wear and tear in several ways. Regular HVAC maintenance has several benefits that you might not have realized.
These benefits include:
The most obvious benefit to having your HVAC system tuned up is that it helps improve the effectiveness of your home’s heating and cooling. Over time, connections loosen, parts wear out, and dirt and dust accumulate in your unit and your ducts.
During a regularly scheduled maintenance visit from an HVAC technician, they’ll go over your entire system, making sure that all parts are functioning as they should be. They’ll also clean out your system, increasing its efficiency and protecting sensitive equipment.
You should have your HVAC system inspected at least once a year, ideally in the fall or spring. You can also split your tune-ups into two different visits, with AC maintenance in the spring and furnace maintenance in the fall. That way, you’ll be sure that your heating and cooling systems will be fully functional the moment it gets cold or hot enough to need them.
In addition to fixing existing issues, your technician is trained to spot potential problems in your HVAC system. By catching these problems early on, you could end up saving yourself a lot of money. Even more importantly, you reduce the risk that your system will go out unexpectedly, leaving you with an HVAC emergency.
A Longer Lifespan
Eventually, every furnace and air conditioner is going to have to be replaced. While the components of your HVAC system should last you from 10 to 25 years, without regular upkeep, you run the risk of having to replace your unit much earlier.
When your system stays clean and well-lubricated and worn-out parts are replaced before they can fail, your AC or furnace can last for years.
Another often overlooked benefit is your warranty. Most manufacturers provide extended warranties on their equipment; but to qualify for those warranties, you will need proof of an annual inspection.
Keeping Things Clean
In addition to keeping the mechanical parts of your HVAC system clean, regular furnace and AC maintenance can help to keep your indoor air cleaner by preventing the toxic inversion pollutants from invading your home. Cleaning your unit eliminates accumulated dust from your blowers and ductwork. By regularly changing your filters, you trap even more of the contaminants that would otherwise pass into the air.
Efficiency Means Saving Money
Increasing your HVAC system’s efficiency means that you’ll use less energy to heat or cool your home, which will translate into lower monthly utility bills. Even better, it means that you’ll reduce your carbon footprint, so you can know that you’re doing your part for the planet.
Air conditioners essentially work by exchanging warm, humid air for cooler, drier air. The process might work differently, depending on the type of system you have in your home and whether you use central air or a ductless mini-split cooler. But when it comes to AC maintenance, the process is the same:
Check electrical connections
Check the condenser and evaporator coils
Check the blower motor
Adjust the thermostat and control system
Clear drain lines
Clean the unit, including the air filter
Lubricate any moving parts
Check for coolant leaks
Check and refill coolant levels
Once this process is complete, your HVAC technician will test your system to make sure that it’s functioning up to expectations. After they confirm that your system is working well, you should be able to enjoy worry-free cold air until it’s time for your next inspection.
Whether it’s gas or electric, your furnace provides heat by blowing cool air over an electric heating element or a gas flame heat exchanger. This air is then circulated throughout your home through ducts, exiting through vents and recirculating through air returns.
Many of the steps in furnace maintenance are the same as the ones in your AC tune-up, although there are some key differences. Here’s what you can expect:
Checking the blower motor and heat exchanger
Inspecting and tightening electrical connections
Adjusting thermostats and controls
Cleaning the unit, including air filters
Testing the burner or heating element
Examining ductwork for holes or leaks
Lubricating any moving parts
For gas furnaces, you can also expect to have your thermocouple, flame sensor and safeties inspected and lines checked for gas leaks or carbon monoxide leaks.
While it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your air conditioner, it’s especially critical when it comes to your furnace, particularly for gas models. If your furnace springs a natural gas or carbon monoxide leak, it could be extremely dangerous for your home and your family.
Get your regular AC and furnace maintenance scheduled with Mechanical Air today! Just fill out this form, and one of our friendly technicians can inspect your system today!