Every homeowner knows that maintenance of their home is essential to ensuring the house runs in proper working order. Whether it's taking care of the foundation or watering the yard, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The same applies for your HVAC unit, although it may be tougher for the average DIYer to take care of. For that reason, you should call an HVAC contractor to perform scheduled maintenance for the reasons outlined below.
Increased Life Expectancy
The average cost of an HVAC replacement with ductwork is between $6,820-$12,350. That's an exorbitant cost for anyone to have to come up with out of pocket; fortunately, you should be able to go between 15-20 years before having to replace it. Regular maintenance of your HVAC unit can help extend that lifespan. Conversely, failure to maintain it properly can shorten the life of your unit considerably.
More Efficient Operation
Like any machine, your HVAC unit relies on processes to operate efficiently. If things start going haywire, the unit will have to work harder to compensate, which puts more of a strain on your unit and can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. Proper maintenance, such as cleaning the compressors, condensers, and drainage lines and testing refrigerant levels, can ensure that your unit continues to run in tip-top shape and can lower your energy bill in the process.
Less Frequent Repairs
The hot summer months are the absolute worst time to be without air conditioning. Likewise, the same is true with your furnace in the middle of winter. If it goes out, you'll be exposed to the elements for hours or even days, as technicians may have to wait for parts to arrive and then find time in their schedules to come to your home or place of business. More frequent maintenance means fewer unforeseen problems and a more reliable system.
Better Air Quality
An HVAC unit that is operating at minimal capacity will not be able to filter the air as it should. Regular maintenance ensures that the air you breathe is being recycled through something that's clean, which will keep you breathing easier and your family healthier. You may not be able to pinpoint certain underlying health issues to your home's HVAC system, but you'll definitely notice the difference between clean ductwork and a unit that is desperate need of a tune-up. A healthier system means a healthier you.
To learn more, contact an HVAC contractor.