How Often Should I Have My HVAC Serviced?

Details on how often you should have your HVAC serviced and the benefits of preventative maintenance.

HVAC Filter Replacement & Routine Preventative Maintenance

It is recommended that all return air filters for your HVAC system be changed every 2-3 months. The filter size can be found on the side of the filter. In order to change the filter you need to remove the two screws on each side of the panel. If the filters are dirty the HVAC system is compromised and not functioning as well as it should.

Each unit’s individual HVAC system lies within the unit owner’s boundaries to maintain and repair. It is recommended that routine preventative maintenance be performed each year. A spring tune-up examines the air conditioning unit and a fall tune-up checks the furnace/air handler. Preventive maintenance includes lubricating all moving components, cleaning the coils, cleaning tubing, making sure burners operate efficiently, and calibrating the thermostat.

In addition, it is also recommended that you change your air filters on a quarterly basis.

A dirty air filter is a leading cause for HVAC system failure. Dirty filters restrict the air flow into the system causing additional strain on the fan motor and over time can cause the system to overheat and ultimately fail. Replacing your filters will also prevent problems with air quality. A dirty filter collects dirt, mildew and bacteria, all of which can cause or worsen respiratory problems for those living in the unit.

Servicing your HVAC system increases energy efficiency, reduces breakdowns, prevents interior leaks and extends the life of the unit.

What are the benefits of performing preventive maintenance?

Energy Efficiency

A well-maintained HVAC system uses less energy to operate. A dirty unmaintained system needs to work harder to produce the same amount of cooling and heating causing an increase in electricity, heating and cooling utility costs. Replacing your filters quarterly allows for proper air flow through the system and reduces overall energy consumption. A well maintained machine uses less energy which creates less stress on the components of the machine.

Reduce Breakdowns & Prevents Interior Leaks

Completing routine maintenance will allow your HVAC contractor to identify small problems in the system before they become significant. Failing to schedule preventive maintenance can lead to system breakdown and result in emergency repairs. An HVAC contractor will be able to identify and resolve any issues before they arise so the unit is able to function when needed the most. Your HVAC contractor will also be able to clean the drain lines which can prevent clogs from occurring. When your drain line clogs, the water that your air conditioner produces has nowhere to go and can cause leaks in your ceilings and walls.

Prolong the Life of the Unit

Over time, coils and fins become coated with dust and debris. The dirty coils and fins then impede airflow causing the unit to work harder. Proper airflow improves overall efficiency of the system, so the better it is maintained, the longer the system will be able to function. HVAC systems are expensive, so completing routine preventative maintenance will prevent the need for major repairs and/or replacement.

As an owner, you are permitted to contract any HVAC contractor of your choice.  Below is a list of some licensed HVAC contractors who can complete preventative maintenance for you.

Please contact your HVAC provider today to schedule service at a time that is convenient for you.