If you are preparing your list of things to do to get your home ready for winter, make sure you add a tune-up for your HVAC to your list. An HVAC tune-up is a full review and assessment of all of the components of your unit. Even a well-running unit needs to be checked at least annually. Fall is the perfect time to do so. Here are a few reasons to schedule an inspection and tune-up this fall.
1. Extends the Life of Your Unit
Scheduling an inspection and tune-up of your HVAC unit allows a trained technician to inspect, clean, and service all of the components of your unit. This allows the technician to identify any potential problem areas before they damage your unit.
An annual inspection will look at the internal and external components of your unit. The Technician will check and clean out any debris and other items they find present within your unit. The technician will check all of your wiring and connections. They will clean your condenser, check your refrigerant levels, and review the condition of your filters.
Dirt, debris, wiring problems, and low refrigerant levels can all lead to much bigger issues. When these issues are not caught in time, they can lead to accelerated component wear and shorten the life of your unit. The cost of an annual tune-up will more than pay for itself in the future.
2. Protects Your Warranty
Your HVAC may be covered under three separate warranties. Although all three may be issued for the same system, they cover different components during different time frames. These are:
- Manufacturer warranty. These are issued by the manufacturer of your equipment and most often must be registered within a short period of time after your system is installed. This warranty normally covers defects in the materials and workmanship of your unit that occur under normal wear and tear for a specified period.
- Installation Warranty. These are issued by the installer of your equipment. It is a limited warranty that is normally only good for a short time following the installation of your system. This warranty only covers failures that can be tied directly to the improper installation of your unit.
- Extended warranty. These can be issued by a variety of companies. These are normally purchased once your manufacturer warranty ends to cover a wider variety of components than those covered under the original warranty.
Both your manufacturer and extended warranties may require annual maintenance as a condition of your warranty. This requirement is to keep the company from making warranty-covered repairs and replacements which could be avoided if preventative maintenance is done. If annual maintenance is not done it may be grounds to void your warranty and leave you footing your repair bill.
3. Reduces Your Energy Bills
If your energy bill is slowly creeping up and nothing else in your home has changed, the culprit may be your HVAC unit. When your unit is not working efficiently, it will cause your unit to work longer and harder, which in turn will cost you more money.
4. Saves You Money Over the Cost of Repairs
Repairing your HVAC unit is not cheap. An average service call can cost you anywhere from $75 to $150 per hour. Unfortunately, emergency calls can cost even more. You normally pay from the time the technician arrives until they leave with a minimum service call fee applied.
Regularly scheduled tune-ups are normally performed for a set price. Identifying and repairing components of the unit before you have an emergency can save you money on the cost of the repairs.
Call Carrano Air HVAC Contractors Inc. to schedule your fall tune-up now. We will come out and make sure your system is ready for the winter.