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Why We Shouldn’t Ignore Routine HVAC Maintenance

December 24, 2014

The Consequences of Ignoring Routine HVAC Maintenance

One of the hardest working systems in a home is HVAC. Think about it: what other pieces of equipment run almost constantly in an effort to keep your home comfortable? HVAC units are resilient but often taken for granted when it comes to regular maintenance and care. Part of this is that HVAC systems are typically out of sight and out of mind.

But it’s important not to ignore the heating and cooling systems in your home. Ignoring your HVAC unit and assuming that it will continue to provide you with quality service is a mistake and can be costly in more ways than one. Regular maintenance is an important part of protecting your heating and cooling investment and also in conserving energy.

Take a look at a few of the negative consequences of not properly maintaining your HVAC unit:

Costly Repairs

Having regular tune-ups and performing simple tasks like changing your HVAC filter can ward off major problems down the road. When you wait until something breaks it will cost you much more, particularly if you have to call someone out immediately to fix it. Do yourself a favor and stay informed on the health of your HVAC unit and take care of problems before they turn into nightmares.

Early Replacement

Eventually, all HVAC units will need to be replaced. Why not get as many efficient miles out of yours as possible? Think of your HVAC system like a car. No car will be on the road forever, but with scheduled oil changes, tire rotation, and parts replacement, you can keep a car on the road much longer than if you ignored these necessary maintenance steps. Treat your HVAC unit with the same mentality and its lifespan will increase.

Wasted Energy

The key to cost savings on your utility bills lies in the health of your HVAC system. Simple problems like build up of debris or dirt can put a big damper on the efficiency of your HVAC unit, making it work harder than it needs to. You can avoid this and keep more money in your pocket by having a tune-up both at the beginning and at the end of the peak heating and cooling seasons. At the very least, schedule a HVAC technician to take a look once every six months. Not only will you be getting an idea of the health of your system, but you will also be preventing wasted energy in the process.

Compromised Safety (and Comfort)

For people with gas-powered furnaces, regular maintenance checks are a matter of safety. Deadly carbon monoxide could be leaking into your home without you realizing it. But safety is a priority for everyone, even those without gas units. An inefficient heating and cooling system is not just a danger; it can prove uncomfortable by not maintaining the right temperatures or cycling poor air quality throughout your home. You pay a lot to heat and cool your home, so make sure your HVAC unit is working at its highest potential.

When it comes to HVAC maintenance, it is best to take a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. Waiting until something is obviously wrong will cost you time and money, and there’s really no reason for that when simple maintenance is easy to implement. Put in the time and effort upfront and your HVAC unit will last longer, work better, and save you money over time.

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About The Author

Bob Jenson

For over 45 years, Bob Jenson has been providing quality heating and air services to the San Diego community.

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