Whether your HVAC system is brand new or several years old, it won’t run smoothly for long without a little help. With an HVAC maintenance plan, regular tune-ups ensure that the system keeps you cool or warm without any major interruptions. Learn the many ways your Sarasota, Florida, home can benefit from an HVAC maintenance plan from Aqua Plumbing & Air.
Better Indoor Air Quality
One of the first items on any preventive maintenance plan checklist is replacing the air filters. Virtually all HVAC systems rely on either disposable or reusable filters to catch dust, dirt, debris, and particles before they enter the system and interfere with the moving parts. Without an air filter, most HVAC systems would quickly accumulate debris and other particles, which would reduce efficiency drastically and compromise the operation of the entire system. Since these filters collect so much dirt and dust over time, they must be changed at least every three months in order to remain effective.
Air filters also have the added benefit of improving the indoor air quality in many homes. Since air filters trap pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and even bacteria, clean filters can help your family breathe much easier. Because they trap these contaminants as they move through the air, you can rest assured that they won’t cycle through your home’s air supply or trigger allergy attacks any longer.
If you’re concerned about your household energy consumption, a preventive maintenance plan for your HVAC system is a smart investment. In addition to inspecting parts and monitoring system operation, one of the primary tasks included in a regular maintenance routine is cleaning the system. Though the average homeowner might be able to dust the exterior of the HVAC units, cleaning and dusting the interior parts is best left to a professional.
Dust and debris might not seem like a big deal, but they can slow your system down. In fact, accumulated particles on coils and other interior components can cause your air conditioning system to lose up to 5 percent efficiency each year. After two or three years, your system might be seriously compromised. With annual or semiannual maintenance, however, you’ll keep the system running as efficiently as possible.
Lower Utility Bills
Along with increasing the HVAC system’s efficiency, regular maintenance can also contribute to decreased energy consumption and lower energy bills. After all, when your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home, it won’t use as much energy. This translates to lower energy bills in any season, something all Sarasota homeowners can appreciate.
Though you might not consider your thermostat part of the HVAC system, it&’s an integral component. During a regular maintenance visit, an HVAC technician will check to confirm that the thermostat is working properly and can also advise about best practices for setting a programmable or smart thermostat. In the winter, keeping the thermostat set at 68 degrees and then turning it back about 10 degrees overnight or during work hours can lead to savings of up to 15 percent on your utility bill.
In addition to improving the HVAC system’s operation over time, preventive maintenance also has the potential to detect dangerous situations. For instance, dirty or broken heat exchangers can cause heating systems to operate unsafely, and furnaces that develop faulty gas connections can cause both gas leaks and fires. If your home relies on a furnace for heat in the winter months, you should also be aware that during the combustion process, malfunctioning furnaces can generate unhealthy amounts of carbon monoxide.
Without annual or semiannual HVAC maintenance, you might not discover these issues until a fire breaks out or carbon monoxide reaches a harmful level. During a routine HVAC inspection, however, our technicians will inspect the gas pressure, gas connections, heat exchanger, burner combustion, and any other applicable connections to confirm that the system runs safely throughout the winter and any other time you need it.
An experienced technician might also recommend that you install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. This odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas can come from furnace malfunctions, but generators, water heaters, and ranges can also produce this gas. Since it can quickly build up to harmful and even deadly levels, homes that rely on any of these appliances should have a carbon monoxide detector.
Fewer Major Repairs
For many homeowners, the only sign of a major HVAC problem is a lack of cool air during the height of summer or lack of warm air during the chill of winter. By the time you become aware of the issue, however, it may already be too late to apply a quick fix. In most situations this means a few hours or even a few days of uncomfortable indoor temperatures, along with a hefty repair bill.
If you’re concerned about dealing with HVAC malfunctions, one of the biggest benefits you’ll receive from purchasing a preventive maintenance plan is having to manage fewer repairs overall. When you receive annual or semiannual maintenance, an Aqua Plumbing & Air technician will inspect the HVAC system, check fluid levels, and assess the system’s general condition.
During one of our typical HVAC tune-ups, we’ll start by checking the thermostat settings to make sure the device is set to operate your HVAC system efficiently and effectively. Next, we’ll inspect and tighten electrical connections and lubricate moving parts to ensure the system is working safely. We’ll also check the condensate drain and address any clogs in order to avoid humidity problems or indoor flooding. When we inspect your air conditioner, we’ll clean the evaporator and condenser coils, adjust refrigerant levels, and calibrate blower components.
After completing this thorough checklist, along with adding any heating- or cooling-specific component checks, we’ll confirm that your system is in good shape and that it’s ready for the upcoming season. With regular maintenance and upkeep, you can rest assured that your HVAC system will require far fewer major repairs.
Longer HVAC System Life
When your HVAC system receives once- or twice-yearly maintenance, it will run more smoothly and efficiently over the course of its life. The average HVAC system begins to show age at about 10 years, and systems typically last for 15 to 20 years, though the age for each individual component can vary widely. Air conditioners, for instance, generally only last for 10 or 15 years, while furnaces can last up to 20 years. Thermostats are typically the longest-lasting components and can often last up to 35 years before they need to be replaced.
With periodic preventive maintenance, you’ll ensure that each component’s operation is optimized and doesn’t experience unnecessary stress or strain. Over time, this will help your HVAC system last longer before replacement is necessary. When it comes time to replace your HVAC system, the experienced technicians from Aqua Plumbing & Air can advise about the best and most cost-effective units to purchase. Our selection of Carrier air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces with the Energy Star label are built for efficiency and comfort.
Though HVAC breakdowns can’t be predicted, they tend to happen during times of heavy use, such as the height of summer or the chilliest days of winter. If your HVAC system malfunctions when dozens of others in Sarasota also break down, you might find yourself at the end of a long waiting list. If you don’t already have a dependable HVAC company on speed dial, researching reliable technicians or asking around for contractor references might delay you even further.
When you don’t want to be left out in the cold, purchasing a preventive maintenance plan in advance is a smart move. With every maintenance plan from Aqua Plumbing & Air, you’ll receive priority customer service, which means you’ll be at the front of the line if something goes wrong. You’ll also receive a 10 percent discount on parts and labor, so any necessary heating or air conditioning repairs don’t break the bank. With the Gold Plan A, you’ll also receive unlimited service calls, which means we’ll be right over to fix any HVAC problem that arises.
Have you purchased an HVAC maintenance plan for your system yet? Call your local HVAC experts at Aqua Plumbing & Air to learn more about our available plans today: (941) 306-3715.
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