August 18, 2015

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This old saying may seem like common wisdom to many people, but when it comes to your HVAC system, it can lead you astray. While scheduling annual maintenance may seem like a waste of time and money, there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t ignore scheduling HVAC maintenance.

Maintenance Increases Comfort

A well-maintained HVAC system works better than a poorly maintained one. While the decline of a neglected HVAC system may be too gradual to notice in your day-to-day life, over the course of several years you may notice it working harder to keep your home warm or cool. You may also notice the system is noisier or that dust and strange odors come out of the vents.

Maintenance Saves Money

Often, a neglected HVAC system will drop its system performance for simple mechanical reasons such as a clogged air filter or a worn-out fan that can no longer circulate air as effectively. When these things are fixed, the system maintains its efficiency, which means more heating and cooling for your dollar.

Another savings consideration is that regular maintenance helps prevent things from going wrong. Your air conditioner is less likely to fail on the hottest day of the summer and your heat exchanger is less likely to crack and require immediate replacement. Maintenance is less expensive than repair or replacement.

Maintenance Keeps You Safe

While home HVAC systems are generally safe, they do deal with strong electric currents and fuel combustion. A poorly maintained HVAC system does increase your home’s risk for fire and for carbon monoxide poisoning.

A well-maintained system is also less likely to contribute to household pollution, like mold and mildew growing in a condensate pan which refuses to drain.

If you need further explanation on the reasons you shouldn’t ignore scheduling HVAC maintenance, call us up at Wolff Mechanical today. We serve both the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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