Ask Dirk: What should I know about system maintenance?


Why should I maintain my system?
To keep your system running efficiently, it is important to schedule an annual maintenance appointment. People have asked if annual maintenance was really necessary, and the simple answer is yes, it is.
A yearly maintenance inspection will ensure the reliability of your system, as it will be less likely to break down. It allows parts to be inspected and replaced (if necessary) before a problem occurs rather than after it does. Failing parts may increase stress on other areas of the system, causing other parts to fail and increasing the cost of the repair.
A system that runs well will use less energy to do the same amount of work, potentially saving you money on your energy bill. The more efficient and reliable your system is, the longer it will last. This will save you the most money in the long run, as parts are much less costly than a system replacement. Most major equipment manufacturers require annual maintenance to keep your warranty in effect, which will also be important to you in the long run.
A reliable system will increase your indoor health and safety in your home. Replacing filters and cleaning indoor equipment makes your indoor environment cleaner and healthier.
When Should I Have My System Maintained?
The best time to schedule annual system maintenance is about a year after your previous maintenance. Keeping up with appointments will keep your system running efficiently.
Try not to skip appointments or delay them too far past the annual date. Schedule annual maintenance for your furnace and annual maintenance for your air conditioning if you have it.
The fall is a convenient time for your furnace maintenance appointment as it will make sure everything is ready to go for use during the winter.
This rings true for the springtime as well and having your air conditioning serviced before the summer heat. This schedule is convenient to keep up with the seasons and the operating mode you will be using, ensuring everything is in working order before you need to use it.
How To Prepare for Your Next Appointment
Before your next appointment, here are a few tips to help it go smoothly.
It’s a good idea to know where everything is located in your home such as your heating and cooling units and make sure any areas associated with your unit are accessible to your technician, such as a crawl space or attic.
Be prepared to answer the phone as your technician might call on the day of your appointment or when they are on their way to your home. Always make sure an adult is present to answer the door and let the technician into your home. It may also be beneficial to you and your technician to put any pets in a secure and separate area during your appointment.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your system between maintenance appointments, be sure to express them to your technician as they will be able to take a look and address your concerns. Remember, if any major issues occur with your system and you are not due for a maintenance appointment, please schedule a repair service to fix your system.
Keeping up with annual maintenance appointments for both your furnace and your air conditioning unit will ensure the maximum reliability of your systems and keep them running efficiently all year long. Prolonging the lifetime of your systems will be the best investment for you and your home. If you are due for your annual maintenance appointment, call us at 775-297-4337 to make your appointment.

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