How Often Should an HVAC System Receive Maintenance?
Eventually, after running like a workhorse for a number of years, problems can begin to occur with an HVAC system. Sometimes these issues are somewhat concealed to the homeowner until they all of a sudden appear one day, such as the AC not starting up or the burners on the furnace failing to ignite. Regular preventative maintenance can help prevent these issues from occurring. At Comfort By Design, our HVAC technicians have the know-how and experience to solve any HVAC issue that may be affecting the comfort level in your home. Preventative maintenance will also help bring your furnace’s energy efficiency to more optimal levels, in turn, lowering your energy bills. So how often should homeowners have regular maintenance performed on their HVAC system?
When to Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Even though your HVAC system may work fine without any maintenance for multiple years in a row, there is no guarantee that each year will be the same case. Scheduling regular maintenance can extend the service life of your furnace and air conditioner and also save you from having to pay for more expensive repairs than you otherwise would without routine maintenance. The recommended times to schedule HVAC maintenance each year are once in late summer or early fall and once in the spring.
If you operate a heat pump, have it checked twice a year since it operates during the cold and hot months. More frequent checks on a heat pump will help prevent break-downs and other problems, and extend its service life.
Scheduling HVAC Maintenance
There are multiple ways to ensure you schedule these preventative maintenance appointments each year. After each service call is completed, you can add next years’ appointment to your calendar on your smartphone. Our HVAC team can set up a regular maintenance plan with you. Or, you can attach a clipboard with a log next to your HVAC unit to track the last service date, so you have an idea on when that lists upcoming service dates.
In addition to scheduling your yearly maintenance service calls for your heating and cooling systems, it is also important to perform some routine DIY inspection and maintenance in between service dates. These include:
- Replace air filters regularly (according to manufacturers’ recommendations). Clean air filters will appear brighter and more pure, while dirty filters will look dark gray and filthy. This is important for proper airflow and good indoor air quality.
- Routinely check thermostat batteries.
- Routinely check HVAC units for debris.
- Clear out and clean air ducts and vents.
Let us help give you peace of mind that your HVAC system is working properly, efficiently, and safely, and that it will last for a long time. To learn about the HVAC inspection, maintenance, and repair services we offer at Comfort By Design, give us a call today at 719.374.1776 or reach us with a message through our contact form.