The Importance of Annual HVAC Maintenance

Many people often question whether it is really necessary to have their HVAC units serviced annually. Plenty of people go years without annual maintenance being done on their systems, so what’s all the fuss about regarding the upkeep?

While you may think annual tune-ups aren’t necessary, what you may not realize is that little by little, without maintenance, your system works harder than it should be, it’s losing efficiency with each passing year, it’s wearing out sooner than it should be, and it’s costing you more money to run. The cost of a tune-up is paid for and then some when you consider all the money you save on heating and AC bills, repair charges, and the cost of a new system when yours fails prematurely due to neglect.

Following are five reasons why it is a good idea to get your HVAC units serviced annually.

1. Regular Maintenance Usually Costs Less Than a Repair Job

There is no way to guarantee that your unit won’t break down if you skip your annual tune-up. It may or may not continue to work through to the next year. However, if it were to malfunction, it would cost you much more than a servicing appointment would. It’s true, tune-ups can’t prevent HVAC unit problems from happening in the future, but during these appointments, your technician can find small problems with your unit and take care of them before they escalate into bigger, more expensive issues.

2. A Well-Cared for HVAC Unit Lasts Longer

If your HVAC unit is serviced annually, it likely won’t need as many repairs (or repairs that are as costly) as a unit that is not annually serviced. Fewer repairs are good news for your wallet, your comfort level, and your stress level! In addition, maintaining your HVAC unit will ensure that it is running at high performance. There are many options available to you if you’re looking for services for your HVAC in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas with A-1 Guaranteed.

3. A Spring Tune-Up Will Give Your HVAC a Head Start

Springtime is a great time for getting your HVAC unit serviced so it can be ready for the summer. Not only will this ensure that you’ll be nice and cool when the warmer summer months hit, but it will also reduce your chances of being caught off guard with a system breakdown leaving you hot and uncomfortable in the heat. Emergency calls and off-hour service calls can be expensive – reduce the chance that you’ll need one with regular maintenance.

4. Neglecting Regular Maintenance Can Void Your Warranty

Most HVAC units come with a warranty that is limited from the manufacturer. Little do people know that some warranties may call for regular maintenance on your HVAC unit. Make sure you check your warranty to see if this applies to you and if it does, the next step is finding a service company to schedule tune ups for your unit. A voided warranty can be an expensive shock when your furnace or A/C goes out unexpectedly and the repair or replacement costs aren’t covered.

5. The EPA, EnergyStar, and the USDE Recommend Regular Maintenance

Due to the energy efficiency benefits that come along with having your HVAC unit serviced annually, EnergyStar, the USDE, and the EPA all recommend annually servicing yours. It is crucial to have your HVAC systems serviced every year and better yet, twice a year: your furnace in the fall, and your air conditioner in the spring. From saving you the trouble of paying for a repair job, to simply ensuring that your home is kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter, servicing your HVAC units is completely necessary.

The Whole-House-as-a-System Approach

If you’re in need of maintenance for your HVAC in Walnut Creek, we have you covered! We also are the area’s leading insulation and air sealing experts, which are two extremely important components of keeping energy costs and consumption low. We take an approach to home performance that considers a house as an entire system; after all, a well-maintained air conditioner is only going to go so far keeping your home comfortable if poor insulation and air leaks let the cool air escape!

This house-as-a-system approach goes above and beyond what the average HVAC company understands, but it makes sense because each system is directly connected and closely related to the others in a home. Proper insulation and air sealing, in addition to a properly maintained HVAC system, will prevent small concerns from becoming complex problems. For example, what starts out as tiny air leaks in the building’s shell can cause irregularities in the inside pressure, drawing in dirty, unconditioned air from the attic and underfloor areas. Now you’d have an indoor air quality problem, along with possible breathing issues, eye irritation issues, and more. With A-1’s insulation and air sealing services, your indoor air quality will dramatically improve and energy costs will go down, so be sure to contact us for a free, no-obligation quote.
Contact us today to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about how we can improve your entire home performance with insulation and air sealing services.