Regular maintenance is vital to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. It can not only improve the performance, but it can also reduce your energy costs and avoid costly repairs. While you may be aware of these many benefits, you may have wondered what is actually involved in a typical maintenance service.
A General Service:
When your contractor performs a general service, it is designed to ensure that your HVAC system is operating at optimum efficiency. A professional technician will check the system thoroughly for any worn or damaged components that may be compromising the efficiency of your system. This will not only reduce the possibility that your system will break down, but also it will prevent your system from being overworked and under extra strain.
If you are new to the property or your system has not been properly maintained in recent years, you may consider an inspection. Your contractor will usually provide a free estimate, so you can be aware of the potential costs before you begin. Remember that this cost can be offset by the increase in efficiency. You are likely to see an improvement in your energy cost once the system has received some professional care. During the inspection, the technician will give your system more intense attention compared to a regular service. They will fully evaluate your system including the ventilation to check for damage, faults or other issues that could compromise performance.
Clean & Repair:
If your HVAC system is in good condition and still fairly new, it may just require a clean and repair appointment. The technician will check for any accumulation or dust and debris that could build up further and cause problems in the future. This type of cleaning tends to require specialist tools and professional experience, so its value should not be overlooked.
If your HVAC system is getting older or it has suffered from poor maintenance, your technician may recommend replacing some or all of the equipment. Although most homeowners would not relish the prospect of replacing this potentially costly equipment, it can be an opportunity for an upgrade. The technology for heating and air conditioning has evolved rapidly in recent years. This means that you can expect far greater efficiency in new models even compared to systems that are only five or ten years old. A proper replacement installation will involve assessing your home to ensure that the equipment is properly sized. If your system needs to be replaced prematurely, it could be a result of the equipment being under or over sized. So ensure that your HVAC technician visits your home and takes measurements before providing you with a quote.
Remember that a professional HVAC contractor is not just available for breakdown issues. A good technician can provide continual support including preventative maintenance and servicing to ensure that your system maintains peak efficiency and optimum performance. They are also on hand to answer any queries you may have about maintenance or repairs to keep your system running, even during the heavy demands of frequent use.