Preventive HVAC Maintenance: An Important Investment

Preventive HVAC Maintenance: An Important InvestmentThe principle behind preventive HVAC maintenance is that furnace and air conditioning issues are more cost-effective to prevent than to repair after the fact. Averaged together, the life expectancy of a central air conditioner and furnace is about 15 years. However, some units are still on the job at the 20-year mark while others require replacement or major component repair in less than 10 years. Similarly, some homeowners realize the energy efficiency promised by manufacturer’s specifications, while others never receive the payback in lower operating costs they expected. The deciding factor in all these is often the quality and regularity of preventive HVAC maintenance.

Annual maintenance is usually performed on each system — heating and cooling — at the outset of its respective season. Furnaces are generally inspected in fall and A/C units in spring. There are two advantages to this scheduling:

  • The standardized checklist of manufacturer-recommended maintenance is done before the period of heaviest usage — the summer’s dog day heat waves or the winter’s deepest cold spell — so the unit will be prepared to deliver reliable, consistent comfort under the heaviest demand.
  • Certain problems are more likely to manifest at seasonal start-up, after a furnace has sat idle all summer or a central A/C has been shut down all winter. Having a qualified HVAC technician on hand at start-up to perform annual preventive maintenance also provides the timely opportunity to detect and deal with immediate issues, as well as catch any incipient problems before they advance into a major malfunction later in the season when the system is under the most stress.

One more benefit of preventive HVAC maintenance can’t be understated. Gas furnaces utilized in most residences today integrate flammable natural gas and a high-temperature burner flame and produce combustion byproducts including dangerous carbon monoxide gas. Safety is a prime objective of every routine maintenance checkup, including inspecting burner components, verifying the function of automatic safety features and testing for carbon monoxide in the system airflow and the home environment.

For preventive HVAC maintenance to ensure optimum reliability and efficiency, Paitson Bros. has been the choice of Terre Haute and Wabash Valley homeowners since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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