Why You Need Regular HVAC Maintenance

Why You Need Regular HVAC Maintenance

If you are one of those who fix their HVAC only when it has a problem, chances are high that you are not getting the best performance from it. Besides, if you often skip the routine maintenance of your HVAC, you are gradually reducing its lifespan, which is why this article lists out some reasons to take routine maintenance more seriously.

  1. Maintenance check averts potential faults

The most important reason to get your HVAC serviced regularly is because some potential faults may be detected and fixed at no additional cost during maintenance check. This is because it involves the assessment of every component of the system to be sure that they are working fine. The point is that, the last repair work carried out on your HVAC may have been avoided if it was checked before it broke down.  Here is a look at what happens during a regular maintenance check.

  1. Better use of warranty

Several parts of the HVAC usually have warranties that will expire at different dates. Your technician will likely check the dates of each of them and list them out for you. That way, you can take advantage of the warranty. It is possible that a component that will expire in a few weeks is not in perfect condition. In that situation, it is better to get it replaced for free. Without a maintenance check, it may take another 3 months before the problem manifests in the performance of your unit. Then, it’ll no longer be under warranty and you will have to pay for its replacement.

  1. Lower electricity bills

Without regular checks, your HVAC may not be in perfect condition and your system will have to work even harder. You know what that means? The rate of wear and tear will be faster and it will consume more electricity. It may not cause a spike in your bill but the difference can add up quickly.

  1. Retention of warranty

It is becoming a common practice among manufacturers to include a maintenance clause in their warranty policy. With the clause, you can only enjoy your warranty if you follow their maintenance instructions. Imagine getting your free part replacement request declined because you have been skipping routine checks on your system. Regular checks can help to retain the warranty on your system.

  1. Higher efficiency

Regular routine checks leave your appliance in perfect condition always. In fact, several studies have revealed that appliances work about 20% harder (on the average) when they are not properly maintained. This gradually reduces the lifespan of your unit.

So, it is important that you have your HVAC checked at least once a year. Although routine maintenance may come at a cost, skipping it will prove even costlier in the long run.

Never Use an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Never Use an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Are you planning to repair or carry out a maintenance check on your heating system or air conditioning unit? Or you even want to install a new one? You may be thinking of hiring an unlicensed contractor to save huge cost. It may sound like a smart thing to do but it is not. It often backfires.

Do you know how competent he is? In the end, you may even find out that the unlicensed repairman has a little more knowledge and skill than you on HVAC. Before making a big mistake, consider the points below.

  • Unlicensed contractors are usually not insured
  • You may be hiring a criminal
  • It poses serious risk
  • Loss of warranty
  1. Unlicensed contractors are usually not insured

An accident may occur while working on your HVAC but unlicensed repairmen do not usually have Worker’s Compensation Insurance. When any of them gets injured while working on your unit, you may be held liable. You don’t want to add someone’s medical bills to the cost of fixing your air conditioning unit. On the other hand, licensed contractors are required to have Worker’s Compensation Insurance in many states. So, if you hire an insured contractor, their insurance provider will foot the bill in case of any accident. Not you.

  1. You may be hiring a criminal

Every licensed contractor goes through strict competence and background checks before getting licensed. In addition, their details are with the regulatory bodies. Your unlicensed contractor may have a criminal background. He may use the opportunity of fixing your unit to survey your home.

According to a reliable report, about 2.5 million burglaries occur in America every year. In fact, a burglary occurs every 13 seconds. Pretending to be a repairman is one of the ways through which burglars survey homes of their targets. What if the supposed contractor disappears after taking advance payment? Don’t put your possessions and family at risk. When you hire a licensed contractor, you hire peace of mind.

  1. It poses serious risk

As mentioned earlier, licensed contractors pass through competence tests before getting licensed. You can’t possibly be sure of the competence level of unlicensed contractors. They may not even know more than you do. Gas leaks and bad electrical wiring could result from a shoddy job. Don’t joke with fire.

  1. Loss of warranty

New heating systems and air conditioning units usually come with certain warranty that may be voided when the manufacturers find out that the appliance has been worked by an uncertified technician. Warranties on such heavy appliance can span several years. It does not make much sense to lose your warranty just because you want to save a few bucks.

You may think it is cheaper to hire an unlicensed HVAC contractor but if the problems arise, you will realize that it costs much more.