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Do I Need HVAC Preventative Maintenance?

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Your HVAC system is probably one of the hardest working appliances in your home. It keeps your family comfortable throughout the coldest nights of winter and the warmest summer afternoons. Preventative maintenance for your HVAC systems is extremely important and should not be overlooked. If done often, HVAC preventative maintenance can save you hundreds of dollars on HVAC repairs, because your systems will not only work better, but they will inevitably last longer.

When asked if you need preventative HVAC maintenance, your answer should be a resounding yes. Here are six benefits of scheduling regular HVAC maintenance with a licensed contracting company such as Variable Comfort Solutions of West Virginia.

Benefits of HVAC Preventative Maintenance

There are a number of benefits that come with preventative maintenance for your HVAC systems. Below are some of the benefits that HVAC preventative maintenance provides you with:

1. Avoid Costly Repairs

Your home’s heating and cooling system is a complex union of electrical and mechanical parts. Components such as wires, belts, and motors wear out eventually. Evaporator coils and other stationary parts get dirty. Worn and dirty HVAC parts often lead to serious problems for your unit that will cost you dearly in repairs or system replacement. When an experienced HVAC contractor performs preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system, he or she identifies minor issues before they become bigger problems at the most inconvenient times.

2. Consume Less Energy, Save More Money

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, heating and cooling account for more than half of the average U.S. household’s total energy consumption. Besides choosing energy-efficient HVAC systems for new or existing homes, doing preventative HVAC maintenance helps to reduce energy consumption. Preventative maintenance activities such as replacing worn belts and lubricating gears in your HVAC unit help your heating and cooling system to work optimally. When your HVAC unit works as it should, it consumes less energy, and you save more money on your monthly utility bills.

3. Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

Unexpected repair bills often cause anxiety, and this is especially true when it relates to your home’s HVAC system. A broken heating unit in the middle of winter must be fixed or replaced promptly for the wellbeing of your family. You can expect to pay thousands of dollars for a new HVAC system.

Here are the costs for HVAC units for some of the industry’s most popular brands according to HomeAdvisor. Note that these costs don’t include installation, removal, and disposal fees.

- Coleman ($1,900 - $3,900)

- Rheem ($2,300 - $3,400)

- Carrier ($3,400 - $4,600)

- Trane ($3,500 - $4,600)

- Lenox ($3,600 - $4,500)

By allowing a professional to do preventative maintenance on your existing HVAC system, you can extend the life of your unit and avoid hefty and premature system replacement costs.

4. Improved Air Quality

If you’re like most people, you rarely give your HVAC system a break. It heats, cools, and filters the air in your home on a 24-hour basis. Dust and dirt inevitably build up within the unit. Besides reducing system performance, dirt and dust in your HVAC system lower indoor air quality, which can lead to health issues for you and your family. Preventative HVAC maintenance often includes cleaning dirty coils, vents, ducts, and registers.

Something else to consider when it comes to HVAC preventative maintenance is its ability to delay and prevent the formation of mold in your systems. Often times, homeowners may dismiss the importance of frequent HVAC maintenance, and may, as a result, have moldy HVAC systems without even knowing it. In such situations, it will be more difficult to remove and clean the mold from your systems, than if you take preventative measures. Moldy HVAC systems can harm your indoor air quality by increasing the likelihood of potential illnesses, as a result, harming you and your family. HVAC preventative maintenance is important to ensure that such issues are taken care of as soon as possible.

5. Increased Safety in Your Home

HVAC technicians check heating and cooling units for leaking fuel lines, cracked heat exchangers, and faulty wiring during preventative HVAC maintenance appointments. These items are some of the most common causes of HVAC-related fires, and can make your HVAC systems potential fire hazards in your home.

6. Makes You More Aware of How Your HVAC System Should Work

Partnering with a local HVAC contractor to keep your heating and cooling system working properly brings some intangible benefits too. During regular maintenance sessions, you learn more about your HVAC unit and how it should work. As a result, you’re able to notice when your unit isn’t operating as it should and quickly schedule a system inspection.

If you’ve just moved into a new or older home in West Virginia, it’s time to start thinking about preventative care for your HVAC system.

Our experts at Variable Comfort Solutions are here for all of your HVAC needs. Contact us at 304-986-4040 to set up an appointment for inspection and servicing of your HVAC unit, and enjoy a higher level of home comfort.