When you turn on your HVAC system, you expect it to work efficiently and safely to heat or cool your home. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case — especially when preventive maintenance is pushed back or has slipped your mind. To prevent HVAC breakdowns when you need home heating or cooling the most, keep reading to learn how a biannual maintenance agreement can keep your furnace and A/C running as efficiently as they should year after year.
Whether your HVAC system is older or newer, you want it to operate at peak efficiency. Why wouldn’t you? There are many factors affecting heating and cooling efficiency that are addressed during professional maintenance.
- Safety and testing: Safety inspections and tests include checking the heat exchanger for wear and cracks, making sure combustion parts are working properly and checking your venting system for signs of problems.
- Cleaning: A dirty furnace reduces energy efficiency and can make rumbling noises that may prompt you to call for service. Your A/C’s evaporator coil is like a big magnet for dirt and mold. It needs to be cleaned each spring (and in the fall if it shares the furnace blower).
- Airflow: If your air ducts aren’t tight and balanced, you’re going to have comfort problems and poor IAQ, in addition to lower heating and cooling efficiency.
Prevent Big Repair Bills
Scheduled maintenance visits allow your HVAC technician to identify emerging issues, such as low refrigerant and worn out electrical connections. Since so many HVAC parts impact the performance of other components and efficiency, neglecting maintenance can eventually lead to a major repair bill.
Longer Service Life
The average service life for a gas furnace is 10 to 15 years. A/C and heat pump systems are expected to last about the same. Since these are just averages, you certainly want your HVAC systems to last longer. As a general rule for any machine, the better care you provide your HVAC system, the longer it’s going to last.
To learn more about the benefits of HVAC preventive maintenance contracts, contact Calgary’s home comfort professionals at Arpi’s Industries today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventative maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.
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