Your HVAC system needs annual maintenance in order to ensure that it stays in good condition and lasts you as long as possible. It’s generally recommended that you schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment every spring and fall so that it’s ready to go for blisteringly hot summers and freezing cold winters. You may need to schedule more frequent maintenance depending on the age of your system, among other factors.
However, if you’re new to the world of home ownership or someone else has always taken care of this sort of thing for you, you may not know what to expect from an HVAC maintenance appointment. Do you need to be there? What do they even do?
Here’s a basic overview of what you can expect from an HVAC maintenance appointment. This can also help you know whether the company you hired is trustworthy. We’ll go over warning signs of sketchy HVAC technicians in our next blog. For now, though, we’ll just go over what a typical HVAC maintenance appointment looks like.
Do You Need To Be Home For HVAC Maintenance Appointments?
With many different services, you can go and run errands while the contractors do their job. Others prefer or need you to be around, or you may not feel comfortable letting people do work around your house without being there.
You should be home for HVAC maintenance appointments. You will want to tell the technicians about any issues you’ve noticed. They may ask you how long something has been going on. They’ll ask you any other questions and you should feel free to ask them whatever questions about your HVAC system you like, as well. If they need to move anything, like furniture to access a vent, they need to be able to ask you whether or not this is okay.
How Long Do HVAC Maintenance Appointments Last?
On average, HVAC maintenance appointments take 1-2 hours to complete. Your appointment may take more or less time than this. How long appointments last varies quite a bit depending on the type of system you have, the condition it’s in, the size of your home, and more.
What Happens In An HVAC Maintenance Appointment?
You’ve made the call, scheduled the appointment, and now the day has come. Generally, you can expect HVAC maintenance appointments to go like this:
First things first, your HVAC technician will inspect your system for any issues or potential problems. They’ll identify any damaged parts. They’ll look at both the indoor and the outdoor components of the system, as well as the electrical lines, condensate line, propellers, filters, thermostat, and more.
If your HVAC system has any problems, your HVAC technician will troubleshoot them. If they do not have a replacement part, you may need to wait until it comes in for repairs to be completed. If anything is beyond repair, they’ll recommend replacement. Depending on the age of your system, it may be more cost-effective for you to replace it than to continue to get repairs.
Your HVAC system gets quite dirty over the months between maintenance appointments. If it weren’t cleaned, this would cause it to run less efficiently and could lead to further problems. Fortunately, though, your HVAC technicians will clean your HVAC system during the maintenance appointment so that it continues to run smoothly.
You should feel comfortable asking your technician any questions you may have. A good HVAC technician won’t just conduct maintenance, but will also advise you on the things that you can do to keep your system in good condition. They will only recommend repairs or replacements that are necessary. If they notice a potential problem, they’ll let you know what can be done to prevent it from escalating into something that needs repairs or replacement.
With routine maintenance, you can rest assured that your HVAC system will last you as long as possible.
Do You Need To Schedule HVAC Maintenance?
If you’re due for an HVAC maintenance appointment, R & D Heating And Air is here to help! We service Weber, Davis, Box Elder, and Salt Lake Counties. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance appointment and let us help you keep your HVAC system in optimal condition for as long as possible.