There are two different types of maintenance when it comes to heating and cooling systems: reactive maintenance and preventive maintenance. Reactive maintenance is the type of service you perform when something has gone wrong with your system—you are reacting to a situation in order to improve it. Obviously, this isn’t the preferred type of maintenance, as it usually means you’re in a difficult situation and you’re likely going to need a more expensive repair. Preventive maintenance, as its name implies, is designed to prevent you from falling into one of these stressful situations by ensuring your air conditioning and heating are in good condition and working properly.
However, maintenance is not just a one-time seasonal tune-up that you have done and move on—it’s an ongoing challenge for homeowners, and you’ll likely want to do a good chunk of the maintenance yourself. Not sure what to do? No problem! This blog is for you. Here is everything you need to know about the importance of preventive maintenance for your HVAC system.
The Importance of Heating and Cooling Maintenance
Think about your car for a moment: would you just continue to drive it until it stopped working? Absolutely not. Not only will this drastically shorten the lifespan of your car, but it’ll also give you a ton of extremely expensive repair bills while you have it. It’ll also make your car more dangerous, as worn brakes and tires are dangerous to drive on for you and everyone around you.
Maintenance for your HVAC system is the same way. By properly maintaining and taking care of your HVAC system, you can extend its lifespan, and improve its performance while you own it as well. A well-maintained system is less likely to break down, uses far less energy to operate, needs fewer major services, and will generally last several years longer than a system that does not receive regular care and attention.
DIY Maintenance Services
While professional maintenance is vital and needs to be done, maintenance obligations do not end with just this one simple service. There are several things you can do on your own to keep your system well-maintained and in good condition.
First, you should absolutely be checking your air filter every month. A dirty air filter is a common cause of a number of different HVAC problems, and it puts a huge dent in your indoor air quality. However, because so many people don’t check their filter often enough, they’re often breathing dirty air and their air conditioner and heater are sustaining added wear and tear from it. We recommend keeping a few spare air filters in your home ready to go as well so that way you can change out your air filter if you find that it’s become too dirty during your monthly check.
Second, you should be flushing out your condensate drain with bleach or vinegar every month. Your condensate drain is what allows accumulated moisture from your air conditioner to be safely moved out to your sewer line or to a different disposal site. These lines can and do become clogged with dust and other debris, including debris from your drain exit outside your home like dirt, leaves, or sticks. Flushing your condensate line helps keep this drain open, free, and moving smoothly. It’s important to keep this line clean in order to prevent clogs from forming, as clogs can cause serious damage to your air conditioner and to your home.
Professional Maintenance Options
Weather Engineers proudly offers a number of different maintenance solutions for homeowners. Our Preventative Maintenance Program is a stress- and worry-free way of getting the maintenance you need at regular intervals. Our members receive two maintenance services per year: one for their heater and another for their air conditioner, as well as a number of other perks and benefits. This type of comprehensive, all-inclusive maintenance is designed to help you make the most of your HVAC equipment and enjoy it for many years to come.
In addition to professional maintenance, we also offer installation for condensate drain flush kits. These simple devices make it easy to perform a flush on your own drain line, ensuring that it always remains smooth, clean, and open.Schedule your maintenance service or sign up to become a member of our Preventive Maintenance Program today! Contact Weather Engineers by dialing (321) 727-2542 now.