What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is a check on your AC system, once a year or twice a year, in order to ensure that it’s in top working order. Checks are usually done in the fall for heating and in the spring for air conditioning. Preventative maintenance on your HVAC system will help make sure it lasts longer, provide cost savings and will keep you comfortable year round.
What Will a Technician Do?
With preventative maintenance, a professional will come in and look at your system and check controls and connections. They will take a look at the area and the ductwork and help ensure proper airflow. If they notice any issue, they will go ahead and fix it or schedule a repair. Many times with preventative maintenance checks, an issue is caught early before it turns into a larger repair need. Technicians will look at the thermostat settings and help you get optimal heating and cooling, as well as improvements on your energy bills. When you have a preventative maintenance contract with a company, many times, they will offer you a discount on parts needed in order to repair your system and you will also get priority service for these repairs.
What Should Homeowners Take Care Of?
There is some preventative maintenance that homeowners can do on their own. This includes buying high-efficiency filters and changing them at least every 90 days. High-efficiency filters will remove more particles. Homeowners should keep the units free of leaves and other debris and keep about two feet of space around heating and cooling units. You can get away with replacing the filter every 90 days but check it monthly to see if it looks dark or clogged. If you have pets, you should replace it monthly.
Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance has a lot of benefits. With proper maintenance, you will have fewer repairs because small repairs can be caught before an expensive repair or a whole system replacement is necessary. Your system will operate safer. For example, a crack in your heating unit could be discovered during a routine check that could otherwise leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. With checks, your system will run more efficiently, which means that you will have lower energy bills. You will save even more money on having your equipment last longer.
At Butler Heating & Air Conditioning, you can purchase a preventative maintenance agreement that includes a spring and fall check for heating and cooling, as well as discounts on repairs and priority service. Butler Heating & Air Conditioning is located in Dayton, OH, and services many locations in the Miami Valley. Contact us today!