If you own an HVAC system, you may be surprised to find out there are many types of HVAC services you could be in need of at some point in time. While brand-new HVAC systems rarely see serious issues, most homes have HVAC systems that are at least a few years old.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems keep the indoor air quality of homes at a desirable level and provide ventilation to keep the home safe from stiff air, allergens and mildew-type issues. Many people think they only have to worry about the AC part of their system working properly, but heating pump, ventilation controls and other various components also see issues and may need the occasional repair.
Preventative maintenance is important
The first in the list of types of HVAC services a homeowner should be concerned with is preventative maintenance. HVAC check-ups lead to lower energy bills and a more efficient HVAC system. Thermostat errors, dirty air ducts and outdated mechanisms can significantly affect indoor air quality and the price of maintaining a home. Keeping up to date with maintenance will increase the operable lifetime of an HVAC system and keep a home comfortable and the people in it healthy.
Preventative HVAC maintenance should be performed at least once a year and ideally, once in the fall and once in the spring to prepare for the upcoming seasons. This type of maintenance includes:
- Air filter changes
- Coolant replacements
- Routine checks
- Changing thermostat batteries
The second service a homeowner should be aware of is possible heating and air repairs. HVAC systems consist of many moving parts that see constant use. Any metal or plastic part of any machine sees normal wear and tear like buildup, loose parts, dust settling and even squirrel or rat nests. To avoid more expensive repairs, inspections should be performed every two years in addition to normal maintenance. However, many people wait until a problem occurs to call for a repair. Most broken parts can simply be replaced. If a homeowner waits too long to call in a repair, the broken part may worsen or cause mechanical errors in the rest of the HVAC system, which is why it is so important to stay on top of HVAC repairs.
The third HVAC service many people will eventually need is a new HVAC installation. Most HVAC systems last 15-20 years, but some may only last 10, especially if they have not seen routine maintenance. Most people who invest in a home live in it long enough to see the need for a new HVAC system. If an HVAC system is older than 10 or 15 years old, it may not be a bad idea to upgrade to a system with better efficiency features. More efficient units lead to less expensive electric bills.
Some signs that a HVAC unit should be replaced are:
- Expensive energy costs
- A system that needs consistent repairs
- HVAC that is not the right size for the house
- Smelly or allergen-ridden air quality
- Loud running sound
- Extensive wire damage
Call us for help
If you are a first-time homeowner or you are just interested in committing to taking better care of your HVAC system, give us a call today. We can provide you with all the types of HVAC services you could possibly need to maintain the best air quality possible in your home.
Call (806) 783-8318 today to reach Jay Young Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.