When your HVAC system is operating without any hiccups, scheduling preventive maintenance can easily slip your mind. Waiting until problems develop before calling an HVAC professional isn’t wise, however, as it can leave you facing costly repairs at an inconvenient time. Here are few of the other negative effects of forgetting HVAC maintenance.
Higher Energy Consumption
Without routine care, HVAC equipment can lose as much as 5 percent of its energy efficiency each year. During an annual maintenance visit, an experienced HVAC technician performs a long list of tasks that can help the system retain its original efficiency. When the equipment is operating at optimal efficiency, it burns through less energy so you pay lower operating costs.
Frequent Repair Bills
Regular HVAC maintenance not only keeps your energy costs under control, it can also help you avoid the stress and inconvenience of unexpected equipment breakdowns and frequent repair bills. During a preventive maintenance appointment, the HVAC system components also receive a thorough inspection. This lets a knowledgeable pro identify and correct small issues before they escalate into serious problems that can cause component breakdowns and expensive repairs.
Health and Safety Issues
If annual service isn’t performed, issues can develop that compromise your family’s health and safety. Leaky ductwork can allow unhealthy contaminants into the air supply, such as allergens, mold, viruses, bacteria or backdrafting combustion fumes containing carbon monoxide (CO). Leaks in fuel lines, faulty wiring and loose electrical connections that aren’t identified and addressed pose a significant fire hazard.
Shortened Equipment Life Span
The added stress that a lack of maintenance places on all your HVAC system components can cause them to wear out faster and fail prematurely. In contrast, having a certified technician inspect, clean and tune up the equipment annually can add years to its expected life span.
Check out One Source Heating & Cooling’s solutions to help you avoid forgetting HVAC maintenance, or give us a call at (205) 209-4246 to schedule service.