Why Routine Maintenance Is So Important for Your Heating and Cooling Systems
Most homeowners understand the importance of maintaining their heating and cooling systems, but few recognize just how essential routine maintenance is to keeping them running smoothly. Regular HVAC maintenance extends system longevity, optimizes performance, enhances overall safety and reduces long-term energy costs - all great reasons to pay attention to preventive upkeep.
If you're a homeowner in the San Jose area who needs professional HVAC service for tune-ups or repair work, then it's time to schedule an appointment with Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar! Read on to learn more about why routine maintenance should be prioritized when it comes to your heating and cooling systems.
Annual versus Seasonal Maintenance
When deciding about when to schedule maintenance for your HVAC system, it is important to consider the condition of the system, as well as its usage. A newer system in good condition may not require more than annual maintenance to keep it running smoothly. However, if you have an older system or one that is used frequently and heavily, it is best to opt for seasonal maintenance by scheduling twice a year. This way, any potential problems can be identified and rectified early, therefore reducing the chance of major repairs being required in the future and ensuring a comfortably-regulated, indoor climate all year.
What Happens If You Miss a Year?
Missing a year of HVAC maintenance, or being slightly behind schedule, may not be the end of the world. That said, you may experience a few issues, such as reduced efficiency and more wear and tear-related repair issues. To prevent further complications, it's important to prioritize scheduling an appointment as soon as possible.
Signs that your HVAC system needs some help include:
- Unusual noises such as loud grinding, rattling or buzzing
- Weak airflow from vents
- Poor temperature control
- Hot and cold spots in your home
- Excessive dust or condensation in your home
- High energy bills
- Inaccurate thermostat readings
Don't let a missed appointment stress you out – remember that professionals are here to help maintain your HVAC system for optimal performance and energy savings. A prompt response is key to preserving the functionality of your unit.
What About My Air Ducts?
As a homeowner, knowing the importance of air ducts in an HVAC system and how frequently they need maintenance is crucial. Air ducts are responsible for carrying air from your unit to the different rooms of your home, so it's important for them to be properly functioning. However, they don’t need quite as much maintenance as you would think.
Your routine HVAC maintenance visits will usually include an inspection of your air ducts. Visual inspections performed by our HVAC professionals are used to check for signs of damage, such as holes or tears, as well as checking for obstructions like dust and sediment buildup. When any of these are caught early enough, simple repairs can often be made, which is a great way to avoid bigger problems down the road.
Meanwhile, more extensive duct maintenance services, like duct cleaning, are typically only required once every few years (most people have duct cleaning done every two to three years), but can vary depending on usage and condition.
Don’t Stress; Let Valley Take Care of You
Valley offers a wide range of HVAC services to keep your system running smoothly all year long. Routine maintenance is key to keeping any HVAC system in top condition and our team can help you create a schedule that works for you. We offer annual and seasonal maintenance packages, as well as duct cleaning and other specialty services. Taking care of your air ducts and HVAC system will save energy costs while providing healthier indoor air quality during any season - so don't wait, give us a call today!
Ready to schedule HVAC maintenance? Give Valley, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar a call at (408) 868-5500 or reach out to us online.