Ways it Pays to Invest in Preventive Maintenance

Ways it Pays to Invest in Preventive MaintenanceWe’re always tempted to cut corners financially wherever we can. And when it comes to the HVAC system, you may be inclined to put off annual maintenance and just wait till something breaks down before you spend money on it, right? But that just isn’t a good idea.

Here are several reasons why annual preventative maintenance is a worthwhile investment.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Your investment in your HVAC system is important not only to your year-round comfort, but also to the value of your home. Installing a new HVAC system is a major expense; working on one can be expensive as well.

However, the one way to ensure that your HVAC, whether new or old, works reliably for a long, long time, is to schedule your annual air conditioner and furnace maintenance regularly.

When you have your system inspected, a qualified technician will likely be able to discover failing parts and replace them before they cause major issues. An experienced and licensed HVAC tech will be able to spot and correct potential problems, such as these:

  • Improperly operating controls
  • Thermostat malfunction
  • Frayed or loose wires
  • Loose or damaged ductwork
  • Clogged vents
  • Low refrigerant levels
  • Problems with coils, whether condenser or evaporative
  • Clogged condensate drain pan
  • Compressor malfunction
  • Low air flow
  • Unbalanced air supply
  • Heat exchanger crack
  • Pilot light/ignition problem
  • Dirty burners
  • Malfunctioning fans and motors

Added Benefits of Annual Preventative Maintenance

Regular maintenance can also ensure your system runs efficiently. Here are just a few ways lack of maintenance contributes to lower performance:

  1. Dirty air filter: This can contribute to high humidity, which makes it harder to cool your home, leading occupants to turn up the air conditioner unnecessarily high. It also impedes airflow, so the heating or cooling struggles to do its job.
  2. Dirty evaporator coils: This can contribute to an inefficient air pressure balance, lowering the system’s performance.
  3. Low refrigerant charge: Without the proper refrigerant charge, an A/C will struggle to cool.

Want to learn more about how preventative maintenance can benefit you? Contact C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve served Middletown since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York 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 or call us at 845-367-4482.

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