The Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Your HVAC System

If you own a car, you schedule oil changes and tune-ups every few months. To stay healthy, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. To keep everything up to date (and safe) in your home, you should be doing the same for your HVAC system.

A smooth-running HVAC system is something that many people take for granted. It’s only when you experience a breakdown that you realize just how crucial your system is to the overall function of your home.

We don’t want you to go through a breakdown or expensive repairs, though. And, since preventative maintenance can, well, prevent that, all you have to do is realize its importance.

Being Proactive With Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system does a lot for your home, and all it asks for is a little upkeep and maintenance in return. Here are some benefits that come with keeping up with HVAC preventative maintenance:

  • Prevent Expensive Breakdowns
    • When a component of your HVAC system fails, repairs and replacements can get pricey. Most of the time, costly problems can be avoided by regular maintenance, because technicians spot issues while they’re still small – before they snowball into something uncontrollable.
  • Prevent Expensive Breakdowns
    • When a component of your HVAC system fails, repairs and replacements can get pricey. Most of the time, costly problems can be avoided by regular maintenance, because technicians spot issues while they’re still small – before they snowball into something uncontrollable.
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Better Air Quality
    • Preventative maintenance services assist in filtering out dust, dander, and other harmful particles out of your HVAC system, which will help your whole family breathe easier – especially those who have asthma or issues with allergies.
  • Longer-Lasting Equipment
    • Just like it helps to eliminate costly repairs, fixing small problems also helps your system last longer. Minor issues are easy to fix – it’s when they turn into big issues that you have to worry about the longevity of your equipment.
  • Warranty Guarantee
    • When it comes to claiming your warranty, HVAC companies often ask for proof of regular maintenance. If you haven’t been keeping up with it, your claim may be denied.
  • Improved Safety
    • Did you know that fire departments responded to 44,210 fires involving heating equipment every year between 2016-2020? Regular maintenance can prevent such fires in two ways: one, no problems like electrical shorts or faulty wiring can pop up and two, a high-functioning furnace dissuades people from using alternative heating methods, like space heaters, that increase the risk of fire.
  • Comfortability

What Preventative Maintenance Looks Like

When a technician carries out preventive maintenance on your HVAC system, they’ll complete a few tasks, including:

  • Checking refrigerant levels and inspect for leaks
  • Inspecting condensate drain
  • Looking for general wear and tear
  • Checking the air filter (and replacing, if needed)
  • Checking all the hoses and water connections
  • Making sure the thermostat is calibrated correctly
  • Inspecting the blower fan
  • Looking for leakage in ductwork
  • Checking gas connections for leaks
  • Tightening all electrical connections

How Often to Schedule Preventative Maintenance

There are a few variables that come into play when deciding how often you should schedule preventative maintenance, including the size of your units and how often they’re used. A good rule to live by is that you should have a trained technician out to your home at least once a year to check out your system, though some like to schedule two visits – one before spring starts and one before late fall/early winter sets in.

Why Not Just Call When There’s a Problem?

Scheduling preventative maintenance for your HVAC system is like scheduling your next dental cleaning before leaving your current appointment. It’s just good practice to avoid major issues, and it holds you to a specific date.

Let’s be honest, sometimes after 6 months passes, we either forget about scheduling maintenance or we remember and put it off until we forget – or something major goes wrong. Stay safe and routinely schedule an appointment once a year (or every six months) to ensure your system stays working efficiently.

When you join our Service Partner Plan we automatically call you when it’s time to schedule so you won’t forget! Sign up online or ask your technician about our membership plan next time we’re at your home.

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We have a fully trained and experienced team of HVAC technicians at Gibson’s Heating & Plumbing. Get started with your preventative maintenance program by getting in touch with us today!”

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