Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car. If you don’t change your engine oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won’t operate. The same holds true, in a sense, for HVAC systems. Let’s say you spend $30 on an oil change in your car, you will save $3,000 or more on a new engine. Preventive maintenance for HVAC equipment can do the same thing.
HVAC maintenance enables you to begin the heating and cooling seasons with reliable and efficient service from your home comfort equipment. There are numerous benefits that result from regular preventive care, including:
Improved efficiency – annual efficiency loss for normal system use can be 5 percent or more, and a tune-up can counteract this loss.
Identification of faulty parts – a mechanical system experiences wear over time, and regular HVAC maintenance allows for worn out or broken parts to be repaired or replaced as needed.
Averting system problems – regular maintenance can reduce the potential for a later breakdown by as much as 95 percent. While it is impossible to avoid all HVAC repair situations, preventive care can save a lot of money on unanticipated heating and cooling emergencies.
HVAC safety – heating equipment that operates through the combustion of fuel can pose a safety risk through carbon monoxide leaks, making annual inspections a crucial safety measure for your household.
Longevity of your equipment – you can expect approximately 14 years of service from a heat pump or air conditioner and approximately 20 years of service from a furnace. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of early equipment failures and costly upgrade needs.