We understand that household maintenance keeps you busy. There’s lawn to mow, gutters to clean, repairs to make, and never-ending household chores. Maintaining the HVAC system is probably the last thing on your mind. It runs inconspicuously in the background, keeping your Las Vegas home cool in summer and warm in winter while you deal with the daily demands of life.
HVAC systems are durable and, for a while, it will continue to faithfully do its job until one day — it doesn’t. Suddenly, the AC isn’t blowing cold air or the furnace stops working, and you’re scrambling to find an HVAC contractor to fix it. It’s a scenario that can easily be avoided with regular HVAC tune-ups. HVAC maintenance may be one more task to add to your to-do list, but there are reasons HVAC companies recommend it.
Here are six reasons why you should schedule an HVAC service twice a year.
1. To Comply With The Warranty Requirement
All new heating and cooling equipment come with a manufacturer’s warranty. The duration of the warranty differs from manufacturer to manufacturer but typically lasts between 5 and 10 years. When something goes wrong with the equipment, the warranty will only be upheld if regular maintenance was performed by a reputable HVAC contractor.
Manufacturers will also want to know who installed the equipment. If an unlicensed contractor did the installation, this can void the warranty. When installing an HVAC system, choose your HVAC contractor wisely. Make sure it’s a licensed contractor that offers a guarantee on parts and labor. If any parts are faulty or the installation wasn’t done correctly, the contractor will repair or replace parts at no extra cost to you. At The Cooling Company, we offer a standard one-year warranty on labor and replacement parts. For long-term peace of mind, purchase our Comfort Shield Warranty with an extended 10-year warranty covering labor.
Lastly, don’t forget to register the product within 60 days of installation. This is a simple step that many people overlook or forget to do. Most manufacturers will fulfill the basic warranty even if the product isn’t registered, but you will lose the extended warranty benefits. With some manufacturers, however, not registering the product means losing the warranty entirely.
2. Extends The Life of Your HVAC System
One compelling reason to maintain your heating and cooling system is longevity. HVAC equipment is designed to last at least 10 years. With regular maintenance, it may even last longer. Residential HVAC systems are a big investment and the higher the quality of the unit the more it will cost. If you’ve installed a new system, you’ll no doubt want a good return on your investment, with many years of service. That’s where HVAC maintenance comes in. Preventative maintenance not only minimizes repairs, it also extends the lifespan of the unit.
Without annual tune-ups, parts will wear out sooner and the unit’s performance will start to suffer. You’ll notice the difference in efficiency, higher energy use, and frequent repairs. All of this places an HVAC unit under strain and it will reach the end of its life sooner than it should.
3. Just Like a Car Needs a Tune-up, So Does Your HVAC System
Most mechanical equipment needs some TLC to keep it function efficiently. An HVAC system is no different. If you own a car, you probably take your car for a service at regular intervals. A tune-up keeps your car running smoothly and helps identify problems that may lead to an inconvenient break down when you least expect it. The difference with an HVAC system is that you don’t have a mileage indicator to let you know when a service is due. Often, homeowners only make a call to their HVAC company when they notice a problem. Bi-annual maintenance is considered a best practice in the HVAC industry. It is proven to be the best way to keep HVAC equipment in good condition.
Be selective about who you choose to service your heating and cooling system. Just like you take your car to the best mechanic in town, make sure you hire the best technicians in Las Vegas to take care of your HVAC system.
4. Maintenance Prevents Premature Wear and Tear of Parts
Your HVAC system is a complex piece of equipment consisting of many different parts. With regular use, it is inevitable that parts will wear out and need replacing at some point. Preventative maintenance keeps the parts in good condition for longer.
Maintenance also helps spot problems early that can lead to damage to other parts. For example, a faulty capacitor can cause damage to your air conditioner’s compressor and motor. The capacitor is a is a small, cylindrical component with an essential function — it sends a burst of energy to the AC’s compressor, giving it the jolt it needs to start running. Without it, your AC won’t start.
If you notice that the AC’s compressor is having difficulty starting, splutters, and then shuts off, the likely culprit is a failing capacitor. If you hear a clicking noise when trying to run the AC, this confirms that the capacitor is failing. Call your HVAC technician immediately before it causes damage to the compressor or motor.
The technician will inspect the capacitor to see if it is splitting, bulging, or leaking oil and, if necessary, run electrical tests. Faulty capacitors are a common cause of AC malfunctions. If left unattended, your AC will eventually stop working. The good news is, if a capacitor problem is detected early it can be replaced before causing damage to other parts of your air conditioning unit. This is another reason why preventative maintenance is so important.
If you suspect a capacitor problem, never try to replace it yourself. This can result in a serious electrical shock. Only a qualified electrician or HVAC expert should work on capacitor faults.
5. HVAC Tune-ups Keep Your Home’s Air Clean
If you’re like most Las Vegas residents, your home’s HVAC system probably runs most of the year, especially during the summer. This means most of the air you breathe when you are at home is coming from the forced air system. Depending on the condition of your HVAC system, it can affect your home’s environment and your health.
Poor indoor air quality is a common problem in many homes. This can be caused by a number of factors such as outdoor pollution that enters a home, allergens, chemicals that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), cigarette smoke, and the air blasting from your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is either contributing to a healthier home environment or an unhealthy one.
When not regularly cleaned, the air filter, air vents, and the ductwork accumulate dirt, dust, and other pollutants. Rodents and other critters can also find their way into the ductwork. Insects, animal droppings, and decaying carcasses contain nasty bacteria. All these contaminants get blown into the air and can cause health problems like asthma, frequent colds or flu-like symptoms, headaches, fatigue, respiratory problems, and eye, nose or throat irritation.
To improve your home’s air quality and safeguard your family’s health, it’s important to schedule bi-annual HVAC maintenance. On a maintenance visit, your HVAC technician will perform tasks like changing the air filters and address any questions you may have about the cleanliness of your ducts.
To further improve air quality, increase the ventilation through the house by opening a window or door. This lets fresh air in and moves bad air out. If, however, you’re not keen on having hot air enter your home during summer, then consider adding a whole-house ventilation system or an air purification system to your HVAC system.
6. Additional Benefits of HVAC Preventative Maintenance
As professionals in the HVAC industry, we can attest to the fact that regular HVAC maintenance is the key to a well-functioning system. But did you know that preventative maintenance also comes with a few extra benefits? Here are three additional benefits of regular HVAC maintenance to bear in mind:
It Keeps Your Home Comfortable
This is a no-brainer yet most people take the access they have to heating and cooling for granted. Because HVAC systems tend to be located out of sight in basements and attics, they are often out of mind, except when we hit a button to turn it on. We rarely stop to think about how they make our lives comfortable until they malfunction and affect our comfort level. Don’t wait until the system needs repairs. To stay comfortable, make sure it gets a check-up twice a year.
It Prevents Damage To Your Home
Summer temperatures in Las Vegas are not only unpleasant without air conditioning but can also damage your home. When the air conditioner isn’t working, heat builds up inside your home. Excessive heat can result in damage to your home’s interior such as cracked walls and floors. You’ll be facing the double expense of HVAC repairs and home repairs. Being diligent with HVAC maintenance will avoid this unnecessary expense.
It Improves Safety
HVAC systems are designed to be safe with certain checks and balances in place. When the system is left to run for long periods without regular inspections, certain dangers can present itself.
- Air conditioners contain refrigerant gas that can leak when tiny pinholes appear in the refrigerant pipeline. A refrigerant leak must be attended to immediately by a professional. Don’t attempt to fix a refrigerant leak yourself. The gas can cause severe irritation to the skin and eyes and is toxic when inhaled.
- Gas and oil furnaces contain volatile fuel that, should it leak, can lead to explosions. Gas leaks are also insidious. The poisonous carbon monoxide gas they emit is odorless and, when inhaled, can be fatal. Furnaces should always be inspected by a technician at the start of winter to ensure safety.
- Electrical wiring connects the HVAC system to the rest of your home. Damaged wiring can spark a disastrous fire. On a routine maintenance call, the technician will inspect the wiring and repair any loose or frayed wires.
Ready To Schedule an HVAC Tune-up?
Now that you understand why regular HVAC maintenance is important, are you ready to put a maintenance plan in place? If these six reasons have convinced you of the necessity of HVAC maintenance, contact your local HVAC company to discuss signing up for a maintenance plan. At The Cooling Company, we recommend seasonal HVAC tune-ups — one before the start of summer and again before winter. That will keep your heating and cooling system in tip-top condition throughout the year.
Bi-annual HVAC maintenance can prevent a lot of unnecessary repairs and save you money in the long run. The Cooling Company offers air conditioning and heating maintenance across the Las Vegas area, including Henderson, Summerlin, and North Las Vegas. To make maintenance more affordable check our monthly deals and discounts. Call us at (702) 567-0707 for more information and to schedule a maintenance appointment.