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Why Your HVAC System Needs Regular Maintenance

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We understand that daily life keeps you busy and that your HVAC system is probably the last thing on your mind. It quietly runs in the background and you barely notice it until it goes on the blink on a hot summer’s day in Carrollton, TX. To survive, you need a well-functioning air conditioner. Don’t wait until your HVAC system needs repairs. Here’s why regular and preventive HVAC maintenance is important to keep your home and family comfortable.

Keeps the System Functioning Optimally

Checking and cleaning your HVAC system every month helps it operate at an optimum level. If you notice your HVAC system isn’t cooling or heating your home properly, it could be that dust has built up on the air filter or debris such as leaves are blocking the airflow. Hose down the outdoor unit, clear away any leaves or debris around the unit and change the air filter if it’s dirty. Next, check the ductwork for any tears or gaps. Damaged and dirty ductwork causes air to leak and reduces the efficiency of the system.

Reduces the Need for Repairs

Just as regular maintenance on a car can prevent breakdowns, a well-maintained HVAC unit is less likely to break down. Seasonal and annual maintenance will save you expensive repairs in the future. It also spares you the misery of being stuck without heat on a cold winter’s night or drowning in a pool of sweat on a hot summer day while it’s being repaired.

Contact a professional HVAC provider in your area for a thorough inspection of your equipment. Lex Air Conditioning and Heating serves Carrollton, Plano, Frisco, and surrounding areas. Our trained HVAC technicians will:

  • Check the refrigerant lines.
  • Check for rust, rot, or frayed wires.
  • Clean the coils.
  • Do a pressure check on the ducts to check for leaks.
  • Check that the furnace or heat pump is functioning properly to keep your home warm in winter.

Extends the Lifespan of the System

HVAC systems on average last 15-20 years, provided you service them regularly. Buying a new HVAC system is a big expense. If you don’t service your unit regularly, you’ll be forking out money for a new unit a lot sooner. A well-maintained system will keep your home comfortable for years to come. If, however, you find that your HVAC system is no longer functioning efficiently despite regular maintenance, this could indicate that it’s time to replace your HVAC system. Invest in a good quality system like Trane, and you should get 20 or more years of reliable service.

Keeps Your Home Healthy

A dirty HVAC system can affect your family’s health. Think about all the dust and dirt it blows into the air that you and your family breathe. Keeping a clean and efficient system improves indoor air quality and eliminates nasty odors. This is especially important for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Make sure you regularly dust both the indoor and outdoor units, change the air filter, and clean the coils.

Lowers Your Electric Bill

When an HVAC system isn’t functioning efficiently, the system will compensate by working harder to heat or cool your home. This impacts your energy use, and you’ll start to notice an increase in your electric bill. In summer, a refrigerant leak could place a burden on the air conditioning system. In winter, a faulty heat pump or compressor will certainly run up your electric bill.

Keeps You Safe

When it comes to home safety, not many people give the HVAC system much thought. However, frayed or exposed electrical wires can be a fire hazard, and toxic carbon monoxide can escape from a cracked furnace. Performing regular maintenance on your HVAC system not only keeps your family comfortable but also keeps your family safe.

Your HVAC system works hardest during summer and winter. Therefore, the best time to perform maintenance on an HVAC system is during spring and fall to avoid any problems in the summer and winter months. To keep your HVAC system in tip-top condition, sign up for our affordable HVAC maintenance plan. What is an HVAC maintenance plan, you ask? Basically, we’ll remind you when service is due and schedule regular inspections. Contact us at Lex Air Conditioning and Heating at (972) 217-8955 for more information.

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