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How Often Should My HVAC be Checked?

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Curious to know how often you need to have your HVAC unit really checked? Our local pros share what to know about proper HVAC maintenance. You know we’re always there for your air so keep reading for our guide!  

As AC technicians, we understand the vital role of your HVAC system and its ability to maintain a comfortable environment in your home. To help keep you comfortable, we share how often you need to call a pro in for HVAC maintenance (hint: every unit is different. But at least get an annual check-up). 

Being proactive with maintenance helps keep unexpected breakdowns, costly repairs, and premature system replacements at bay. So, read on to not only improve the efficiency of your unit but also prolong the life of your HVAC system! 

Breaking Down HVAC Maintenance Frequency 

Ok, let’s answer your main question: “How frequently should I schedule maintenance for my HVAC system?” 

Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that. It honestly depends on two main factors: the age of your HVAC system, and Tampa Bay’s extreme weather.  

The rule of thumb across our HVAC industry is to schedule maintenance at least once a year, typically during spring or fall when HVAC systems aren’t under peak load. This preventive maintenance involves a thorough inspection and cleaning by a professional HVAC technician. Regular maintenance ensures your system is reliably efficient and ready to perform when you need it.  

However, for older HVAC systems, particularly those more than ten years old, more frequent checkups may be beneficial. Older systems are more likely to have wear-and-tear issues which may escalate into major failures if left unchecked. Regularly maintaining these systems can help nip potential problems in the bud and prolong the life of your HVAC.  

Since we live in such extreme heat, you may need to adjust the frequency of your HVAC maintenance. Our endless summers often demand HVAC systems to work harder! Some clients opt for bi-annual maintenance appointments to ensure the AC unit stays in peak condition throughout the year.  

Remember, every HVAC system is unique, and what works for one might not necessarily work for another. Partner with trusted professionals, like the experienced team at ACHV Services, who can provide personalized advice on your HVAC maintenance schedule. 

Signs Your HVAC System Needs a Check-Up 

Now that you’ve got some insight about HVAC maintenance frequency, let’s talk about some of the signs that could mean your HVAC system is in dire need of a check-up. Knowing these warning signs can help you avoid potentially costly repairs or replacements in the future! 

One of the main signs that something might be wrong is difficulty in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. If your air conditioning system is struggling to keep your home cool, or your furnace can’t keep it warm, it might be time for a checkup. These could be symptoms of a serious issue with your HVAC system that needs immediate attention.  

Another possible sign of trouble is your HVAC unit making unusual or unpleasant noises. Squeaking, rattling, hissing or grinding sounds are not just an annoyance; they can be indicative of serious internal issues that need professional care. If you hear anything strange, call/text our team 

It’s more than weird noises, bad odors emanating from your HVAC system might suggest mold existence within your duct work, or a burnt-out wire insulation, both serious issues that require immediate servicing 

Also, if you notice a spike in your monthly energy bills without any drastic change in your habits or weather, it could signal that your HVAC system is not running efficiently and needs maintenance.  

One other sign of an HVAC issue is leaking water or never turning off; this is a clear call for a professional look-over. Not only do leaks suggest a malfunction, but a continuously running unit can lead to significant wear and tear, in addition to the higher energy costs! 

Last but definitely not least, if you see ice forming on your indoor unit. Call ACHV Services, now. This could be due to a multitude of issues such as low refrigerant levels or poor airflow, which require immediate professional intervention.  

So, if you experience one or more of these signs, don’t hesitate to schedule a maintenance check for your HVAC system. It’s always better to act sooner than later, for your comfort, health, and wallet’s sake! 

Effect of Neglected HVAC Maintenance 

When you overlook regular HVAC maintenance, you’re not just tempting fate. You’re inadvertently setting a chain of adverse effects in motion. The neglect might be cost-saving at first glance, but it could cost you substantially more in the long run!  

Neglected maintenance leads to impaired efficiency. Your HVAC system starts demanding more energy to deliver similar output levels, which subsequently skyrockets your energy bills. Neglecting regular check-ups also deteriorates your indoor air quality. Dirty filters, unchecked ducts, and grimy coils can circulate dust, dirt, and allergens indoors, compromising your family’s wellbeing! 

Plus, the lifespan of your HVAC system shortens without regular tune-ups. Wear and tear is a real issue, especially for older HVAC systems. More frequent maintenance could be the difference between a system that fails and one that outlives its expected lifespan.  

Routine HVAC Maintenance Calls for ACHV 

Remember: your ultimate comfort and peace of mind lie in the strength of your HVAC system being in top shape! The team at ACHV Services recommends a yearly check-up as the bare minimum for routine maintenance, while seasonal tune-ups in the spring and fall give your HVAC system the attention it truly deserves. Keep in mind that older HVAC systems might need extra care with more frequent check-ups. 

The (seemingly) minor repairs and tweaks you postpone today could turn into significant problems tomorrow. Don’t compromise on the integrity and efficiency of your HVAC. Reach out to the 5-star HVAC professionals at ACHV Services today and schedule your routine maintenance check-up! 

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