HVAC Maintenance: Is HVAC Inspection Worth The Expense?
This week’s question is from Amanda, from Leesburg Virginia. Amanda asked:
“Is it worth for the HVAC person to come out to service my heating and air conditioning unit? Is it worth the money?”
Here’s my answer:
As I mentioned in the video, it is absolutely worth having your HVAC system serviced yearly by a trained technician. HVAC maintenance is the best way that you can keep the optimum performance of your system, saving you not only a lot of money each month in energy costs by ensuring your system runs at peak efficiency, but also saving you from the emergencies that can occur when your system breaks down unexpectedly.
To truly appreciate just how worth it HVAC servicing can be, you need to take a look at everything that is involved in a typical maintenance call.
HVAC Maintenance Call Breakdown
During routine servicing or maintenance of your HVAC unit, most technicians will conduct the call in similar ways. They’ll inspect your unit from top to bottom, looking for worn or damaged parts that need to be replaced before they can cause a problem.
They’ll also clean the unit, changing the filter and removing any buildup of dust or debris from on top of your coils. Remember that dirt on your coils can cause them to freeze, so having your unit cleaned helps to ensure that it works at peak efficiency. Likewise, changing your filter on a regular basis also helps your unit run at optimum efficiency because a clean filter allows for maximum airflow through your unit, preventing it from working too hard.
As part of your servicing appointment, most technicians will also replace up to one damaged or worn part free of charge. This is a huge savings when you think about what could happen if that damaged or worn part were to give out in the middle of a heat wave or a snow storm, leaving you without an HVAC unit at all!
If your unit needs new fluids or charging, this is also done during the service call. Finally, the unit is tested to ensure that it’s working the way that it should be. If any additional work is needed to prevent it from breaking down unexpectedly, your technician will discuss this with you at this time. So even if you don’t go ahead and get any additional issues fixed right then and there, you now have the knowledge and information necessary to schedule and budget for an additional appointment down the road.
Contrast all of this to what could happen if your coils were to freeze or a drain was to get blocked, flooding the foundation of your home, or if your unit were to suddenly stop working in the middle of winter simply because of a worn part that could have been replaced. Now you not only have to pay for a service call, you have to pay emergency fees and probably a higher price simply because when your unit stops working or freezes and floods, additional damage probably occurs that needs to be fixed as well.
Remember that your HVAC system is one of the most expensive things in your home. You need to maintain it properly to ensure that it continues to work the way that it should for its full expected lifetime.
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