Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

HVAC Maintenance: How Do You Know When To Do So?

If it's been several years since you first moved into your home, you may wonder if it's time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. If your HVAC system was already in the home when you first bought it, go ahead and maintain the system now. However, you may need a professional HVAC contractor to help you maintain the system properly. Learn more about your home's HVAC system and how you and a contractor can maintain it properly below.

Why Do You Need to Maintain the System?

Your home's HVAC system plays a vital role in keeping your family cool and warm during the year. If you don't take care of your HVAC system properly, different areas of the system can break down or fail, including the cooling units. 

If you're other homeowners in the community, you may use a central air conditioning and heating system to maintain your home. Central air conditioning and heating systems generally come with a small to mid-sized indoor unit and a large outdoor unit. Both HVAC units can experience wear- and tear-related problems over time, including coolant leaks and sensor problems. Coolant leaks and sensor problems can prevent your units from cycling off and on properly. 

Routine maintenance checks on your HVAC system can alert you to leaks and other potential problems before they damage your units. But you must schedule your first HVAC maintenance check soon to avoid any potential problems with your central air conditioning and heating units. 

How Do You Maintain the System?

Before you do anything to your HVAC system, call a contractor and schedule a service call to your home. A contractor will need to go through your home and inspect every part of your HVAC system. The inspection may allow you and a contractor to locate problems within the system that require immediate repairs, such as a clogged drainage system or low coolant level.

If a contractor doesn't discover or diagnose anything wrong with your HVAC system, they can clean and recharge the indoor and outdoor units for you. A contractor may also show you how to clean the units yourself. Some AC units can clog up with debris if you use them regularly. If you clean the units before they become completely clogged, it can prevent issues for you later.

A contractor may also check the duct system, vents, and other pipes in your home. If a contractor notices an issue with the parts, they'll address them.

For more info on HVAC repair, contact a professional near you.

About Me

Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once? Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.

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