Updated: Apr 23
Our lives are incredibly busy, and when you finally arrive home after a long day, home maintenance is likely to be the furthest thing from your mind. In fact, most of us don’t usually concern ourselves with our appliances and home systems until something springs a leak, makes a strange noise when turned on, or just plain does not work.
Preventative maintenance could have caught your issue before it occurred, but if you are not proactive with preventative maintenance, you will be out of luck.
The main reasons we don’t perform preventative maintenance vary, but usually, we don’t know how to, we don’t know what to look for, or we are too busy.
Whatever the reason, appliance issues can easily be solved for a small investment. In return, you will save money, get cleaner air, and ensure safety and comfort in your home.
Above all, you will rest assured that your home is well-cared for.
In this guide, we explain exactly what preventative maintenance is, how to get it, and why it is invaluable to you.
What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is maintenance and inspections carried out on a piece of equipment or system that decreases the likelihood of it faltering or breaking down completely.
In the case of preventative maintenance for HVAC equipment, this typically means your HVAC equipment is checked twice a year for duct leaks, temperature splits on return and supply, and to ensure electrical system and operations function properly.
In addition to the inspection and tests, the HVAC company providing your preventative maintenance checks will ensure that the condenser coils, drain, and self-rinsing evaporator coils are clean.
A great HVAC company will also include a sanitization of your air ducts, which will keep your family protected from wanted microbials, dirt, or viruses.
Preventative maintenance is designed to ensure that your air conditioner and heating systems run without pause in any season.
Your HVAC system will run at maximum efficiency which means that your energy bills will not skyrocket from wasted energy output and your HVAC system will not have to run as hard or as often to keep you comfortable.
You should schedule your preventative maintenance checks for spring and fall, just before you will want to start your air conditioning and heating system (such as a furnace) for the season.
Why is Preventative Maintenance So Important?
For such a nominal fee, preventative maintenance provides a world of benefits.
Your inspection will be completed by a specially trained HVAC technician who will inspect and assess your HVAC systems.
If there is any required maintenance, the technician will be able to complete that at the time, and if there is anything of concern, the technician will alert you to it.
As with any type of preventative action, many of the advantages and benefits will be reaped in the future. Some of the benefits include:
Equipment lasts longer: Your HVAC system (air conditioning, furnace, ducts) operates at its optimal level when it is regularly cleaned and serviced. If a part of the system that is close to the end of its life is discovered due to preventative maintenance, it will stop the rest of the machine from overcompensating for that particular part.
Fewer repairs: Regular maintenance means that your HVAC system is looked at more intensively than simply a switch on at the beginning of the season. Your maintenance technician will be able to recognize parts that will begin to malfunction and a clean system will run less and run cleaner, therefore leading to fewer repairs
Reduced energy consumption: This benefit is twofold; your HVAC’s environmental impact is reduced with preventative maintenance, and you will save money on your energy bills. Outwardly, your AC and furnace keep your home comfortable, but the systems could have any number of small problems that cause the system to expend more energy which leads to higher energy consumption and higher energy bills.
Safer equipment: Your HVAC system is designed to keep you comfortable, but when the system is broken down, there is the possibility of danger. Cracks in the furnace heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide to seep out among other dangers. Preventative maintenance would catch any potential hazards.
Preventative Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
While most preventative maintenance should be left to professionals, there are a few things that will help your HVAC system function at its optimal level.
The following maintenance items will help you keep your home comfortable by doing your part to keep the HVAC system at its best:
Clean around your HVAC system: Leaves should be removed from around your air conditioning system, and your furnace or other heating systems should not be crowded. It is important to keep space around your heat pump and/or AC unit, at least two feet. Check your units for any debris that may have blown onto it or around it after the lawn is mowed or after inclement weather. Clean HVAC equipment and surroundings will help your system function properly.
Check your registers: Remove any furniture or rugs that are an obstruction to your registers. In addition, it is important to keep most of your registers open. When your registers are free from obstructions and mostly open, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard to heat or cool your home
Change your filters: Your filters should be changed every 30-90 days. When you change the filters, you should use high-quality filters. Clean filters are essential for your HVAC system to work efficiently, and high-quality filters will ensure that your HVAC system is clear of airborne contaminants.
Use a carbon monoxide detector: Ensure that your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and replace batteries seasonally. This will keep your family safe from the rare, but the deadly danger of the poison.
Choose a Residential Preventative Maintenance Subscription
When you consider a company for your preventative maintenance program, look to Nick’s Air Conditioning & Heating to keep your heating and air conditioning system running smoothly.
Preventative maintenance should be taken seriously, in order to keep your home safe and comfortable and save you money.
Nick’s Air Conditioning & Heating offers affordable preventative maintenance subscriptions to give you peace of mind that your HVAC system will continue to work well for you. We are dedicated to providing you with the best service in the area. Contact us today to schedule your preventative maintenance visit.