HVAC systems are big investments. No one wants to have to replace their heating or air conditioning system every year or two, as it would be a pretty awful return on that investment. If you’re interested in prolonging the life of your HVAC systems as much as possible, there are a couple of things that you can do in terms of professional services. Read on to find out more about how to make your heating and air conditioning systems last as long as possible.
Whether you’re talking about heating or air conditioning systems, there’s one thing that’s certain: it’s not a good idea to just wait for problems to present themselves before calling for repairs. Most issues that develop with HVAC systems do so subtly, without giving off any warning signs until they are advanced enough to damage the system. Obviously, you want to catch problems as early as possible in order to prevent any damage they might cause. That means you’re going to need to schedule preventive maintenance instead of waiting for a problem to develop.
The ideal time to schedule preventive maintenance differs from system to system, but you should always strive to have it done the season before that system is used the most. For heaters, that’s the fall season. For air conditioners, spring. Heat pumps are used as both air conditioners and heaters, and so should receive maintenance at least twice a year if you want them to reap maximum benefit.
Yes, we just got through telling you not to wait for symptoms before having your system professionally checked. Even though preventive maintenance does a good job of reducing the odds of serious problems developing, though, it cannot guarantee it. The longer you have your systems, the greater the chances that you will have some sort of issue develop with them. If and when that happens, you need to be able to identify the problem and call for repairs as soon as possible to limit the damage.
The various signs and symptoms of a problem with the system are different for each, but there are a few universal signs that something isn’t working properly. If the heater or air conditioner isn’t generating enough output, making strange noises, or otherwise acting out of the ordinary, then that’s a good sign that you need to call for repairs.
If at any point you’re not sure whether or not your system is malfunctioning, you should call a professional to examine it, just in case. There’s little reason to wait and risk damage to the system when you don’t have to, after all. It may not be ideal, but it can still save you money and quite a bit of frustration if you act quickly enough. Follow these steps, and your system will last quite a bit longer.