Before the cold weather hits, you want to make sure that your HVAC is working properly. HVAC preventative maintenance service can help keep you from needing heating repair when you really wish you had heat. HVAC experts estimate that three-quarters of “no-heat” calls in the winter stem from homeowners not doing the proper maintenance and inspection, which is key to keeping HVAC running well. However, there are other benefits to keeping your HVAC up to date on its inspection and cleaning — it can wind up saving you money and give you some peace of mind as well, knowing that it’s already been taken care of for the season. Let’s get into what heating system service covers, why you need maintenance and service on a regular basis, and what you should look for in an HVAC technician.
What Does One Mean By Heating System Service?
Heating system service refers to work done on your heating systems, whether it’s a furnace, boiler, or heat pump system. Technicians can do an array of things during a heating system service visit. They can conduct an inspection of your heating system, make any necessary repairs, clean your system, and in some cases, even remove and replace parts of your system — or all of it — if necessary. Hopefully regular inspections and cleaning can help you avoid expensive repair services down the line.
These are all tasks that should be done by a professional, who has the knowledge and equipment to make the job quick, easy, and safe. Unless you have prior heating service knowledge, it’s generally not advised to take these tasks on yourself.
Why Is Routine Maintenance and Service So Important?
Regularly servicing your heating system can help keep your system from breaking down when you need it the most, reduce your energy consumption and bills, and help you avoid sudden, expensive repairs that you might not have put away for. Indeed, according to studies, regularly maintaining an HVAC system can cut down on the amount of unexpected breakdowns by as much as 70 or 75%.
Having an HVAC system that hasn’t been properly cleaned can also reduce its efficiency. For example, airflow problems can cut its efficiency by as much as 15%, if not inspected and cleaned twice a year, as recommended. Many warranties also require that you conduct regular maintenance and inspection on your HVAC system and so if something were to go wrong, they could easily make a case for not covering costs or replacing a part if you fell behind on getting everything inspected.
Maintaining your HVAC can also be important from a safety standpoint. A heating system that’s not working properly could be an increased fire hazard and fuel that’s burning incorrectly could create a buildup of carbon monoxide. Since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, you may not even realize it’s present in your home until it’s too late.
What Should I Look For In an HVAC Technician?
Your HVAC technician should have a good amount of experience, as well as all the necessary credentials. If they have a NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification, so much the better. Check and make sure that the technician you hire is also licensed to do work in your state — since different states can have different requirements, this is important to know before getting started.
You also want a technician who is proficient in offering HVAC Service for a variety of systems, especially if you have an older or more obscure system.
Be sure to get quotes from a few different HVAC professionals before making your decision. If this your first time hiring a technician, ask friends, family, or colleagues for any recommendations they may have. It’s also worth doing some research online to find reviews or testimonials from past customers before making a final decision.
Be prepared this winter and get your HVAC checked out ahead of time. Remember that filters should be changed a minimum of once every three months and that you should get an inspection done twice a year.