Schedule HVAC services and maintenance regularly to keep your system in the best condition possible. Less busy times of the year are better to schedule HVAC services, particularly the spring and fall.
Learn about the best times to schedule HVAC services, why these times are better, how to prepare for your service and ways to stay on top of routine maintenance to keep your HVAC system running smoothly throughout the year.
You know annual servicing is essential for your HVAC, but how often should you schedule service? Ideally, you’ll want to schedule your HVAC maintenance twice a year — in the spring and fall. Spring is the best time to service the air conditioning components of your system, and fall is the best time for your heating system.
For most HVAC companies, spring and fall are the off-season. Many businesses offer savings during this time and have more availability. If you wait until summer or winter for maintenance and service, your HVAC technician will likely be busier, and you’ll have more competition for a time slot. Your equipment could fail while you’re waiting for an opening, leaving you without heating or cooling until a technician becomes available to visit your home. Scheduling maintenance in the spring and fall gives you more options for appointment times and helps ensure your system runs properly before extreme weather hits.
Routine HVAC maintenance prepares your system for the upcoming season, improving its efficiency, lowering your energy costs and extending the life span of your equipment. Scheduled maintenance tasks can include the following:
Refer to your HVAC owner’s manual for their recommended HVAC maintenance schedule. If a technician finds a problem with your system, schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible so the issue doesn’t damage your HVAC system or cause it to fail.
After scheduling your maintenance or tune-up appointment, you’ll want to prepare your HVAC system before the technician arrives. Be careful when handling your equipment to prevent voiding any warranties. Here are some ways to prepare for an HVAC tune-up or maintenance appointment:
Being prepared for your HVAC tune-up helps the process go smoothly and ensures your tech addresses any concerns you may have.
You can take a few other steps to ensure your routine HVAC maintenance goes smoothly and that your HVAC system is in the best condition. Some other tips for your HVAC seasonal maintenance include:
Many heating and cooling companies offer annual service plans to help you stay on top of your maintenance requirements. While it can be tempting to avoid annual service plans to save money, it can be a costly mistake.
HVAC customers who take part in an annual service plan typically have priority with maintenance and emergency service visits. Additionally, individual appointments without the annual service plan can be more expensive since companies may offer discounts or free appointments to customers with a service plan. The peace of mind is worth the cost for many customers.
During the summer and winter, HVAC technicians are in high demand, so it’s essential to schedule your annual maintenance visits before you need your heating or cooling system regularly. Scheduling before the busy season will give you more flexibility and allows plenty of time for your HVAC technician to order and install any needed replacement parts.
Even with a brand-new HVAC system, annual maintenance ensures your system will continue running smoothly. A professional can spot signs of trouble early and recommend the repairs or replacements necessary to keep your system operational. Repairs may even be included in your service plan, and if they’re not, paying for repairs is less expensive than replacing an entire system that fails early due to years without routine maintenance.
Annual service happens yearly, but there are other maintenance tasks you’ll need to complete quarterly or monthly. For example, you’ll want to change your filters at least once every three months. However, you might change them monthly if someone in your home has asthma or allergies or if you have pets. You’ll also want to keep your HVAC system clean and remove any debris surrounding your exterior unit.
Scheduling maintenance annually keeps your HVAC system running correctly so it can continue providing reliable comfort to your home. It’s best to schedule your maintenance early to ensure your system can be serviced before you need it, and you’ll want to prepare your system so your HVAC technician can work efficiently.
Shipley Energy can perform routine and preventative maintenance to keep your HVAC system in optimal condition. Our skilled technicians will guide you through the process and recommend any necessary maintenance or repairs. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment!