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  • Writer's pictureJake Overdiek

Advantages of Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

You more than likely change the oil and rotate the tires on your vehicle on a regular basis to keep it in peak condition to get the most of your investment. So why ignore your HVAC equipment? Your HVAC system is one of the most costly and important parts of your home. It helps keep the air in your home comfortable and clean for you and your family. Preventative maintenance is critical to the life of your HVAC system.

Imagine that dreaded day of arriving home after a long day of work, running errands, and having extra curricular activities for the kids, to find your AC or Heating system not working. All you really want to do is make dinner and relax as a family, but now you’re having to change your priorities for the evening. You make the call to an HVAC company after hours hoping they’re available to repair your system, ASAP. Without maintenance plans in place, you’re more than likely paying a significantly higher after hours fee and you’re at the mercy of the technician's availability.

To prevent these added stresses, here are some advantages of signing up for an HVAC preventative maintenance plan.

Longer Equipment Life Expectancy

  • The initial investment of your HVAC system is a big one. So the longer you can make it last the better. Regular maintenance is an important part in extending the life of your HVAC system. HVAC equipment can last from 15 to 20 years, but not if it’s poorly maintained. Investing in preventative maintenance can save you time and money in the long run.

Lower Energy Costs

  • Having a professional inspect your HVAC system to ensure all components are clean and in good working order will help keep your system working at optimum efficiency. If not cleaned and maintained regularly, your system could lose up to 40 percent of its energy efficiency. Properly maintaining your HVAC system is a big step in keeping your energy bill down.

Better Air Quality

  • All the air in your home passes through your system's air filter. Changing the filter on a regular basis removes trapped dirt, pollen, and allergens from your home. Disposable 1-inch filters should be changed monthly while higher efficient media filters should be changed every six months depending on your home's dust, dirt, and pet dander. Keep an eye on your filter and when they start to look too dirty to filter anything out of the air any longer, change them. Set a task reminder, as it’s an easy task to forget about.

Home Safety and Comfort

  • During bi-annual maintenance check-ups, technicians have a long list of items for inspection and testing depending on the season, to ensure safe and comfortable operation year round. Technicians will check and ensure electrical wiring and components are proper and safe. They will test motor capacitors and amperage to ensure the equipment is operating properly. Ensure your supply ducts and return air ducts do not have any leaks. Check filters to see if they need to be changed. For the fall check, technicians will also be testing for carbon monoxide and ensuring the heat exchanger is in good condition. They will check for gas leaks and ensure proper gas pressure. Each visit our technicians check the condensate drain lines to ensure proper drainage year round. These regular check ups will not only help save you from potential equipment failure down the road, but keep you and your family comfortable and safe. Once the technician completes your maintenance check up, they will explain what they found and will work with you to resolve any issues that need immediate attention on the spot.

Reliable Operation

  • When the Texas heat cranks up, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. The air conditioner includes inside and outdoor components that are critical to the cooling process. It is important to have dirt and debris cleared from the outdoor condenser coils, and ensure your indoor evaporator coil is not plugged with dirt and grime, preventing it from operating and removing heat from the home properly. An HVAC technician will clean the system’s cooling coils during your bi-annual maintenance check up. The bi-annual maintenance check up will have a specific list of items to ensure you have reliable operation during the high demands of your AC unit.

  • While the air conditioner is under demand the majority of the year in the Texas heat, your furnace sits idle during this time. This will allow the furnace to accumulate dust and dirt in the system components, which prevents your furnace from running its best. There are components that over time need cleaning to ensure proper ignition and burning of gas, along with draft motors, safety sensors and switches to ensure proper exhaust of carbon monoxide. Internal system maintenance is important to ensure your furnace is running safely and efficiently. The bi-annual fall maintenance will ensure you have a reliable heating system in the cooler months.

Uni-Serve Air Conditioning offers the Uni-Shield Maintenance plan to help shield your system against system outages by maintaining your HVAC system. Uni-Serve Air Conditioning offers not only the Uni-Shield Maintenance plan, but also offers a filter maintenance program as well as dryer duct and exhaust fan cleaning plans. These plans are designed to help you get more out of your HVAC system and improve your indoor air quality. For more information regarding our Shields for your HVAC system and your home, give us a call today at 281-360-9898.

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