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How Often Should My HVAC Unit Be Serviced?

How Often Should My HVAC Unit Be Serviced

One thing we have always emphasized to our customers in Carrollton and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the importance of scheduling maintenance for your HVAC system. This is true for anybody, anywhere, but especially here in North Texas. With our often extreme temperatures and high humidity, our air conditioning systems must work overtime to keep us cool, comfortable, and safe. And don’t forget about your heating systems – they have a big job cut out for them too, as our winters can quickly dip into freezing temperatures seemingly at the drop of a hat. 

As such, it’s important that we treat these highly intricate systems with care to ensure they are adequately prepared for the work they have cut out for them. And how exactly do you do that? You guessed it – by having your furnace and AC serviced on a regular basis. Generally speaking, both your heating and cooling systems should each receive maintenance checks once a year. That means once for your heater and once for your air conditioner, so really, you should be scheduling two HVAC service appointments per year.  

These tune-ups are absolutely essential to the performance and longevity of your HVAC system, so it’s important that you know when to schedule maintenance for your heating and air conditioning systems. In this post, our Carrollton AC service experts at Lex Air Conditioning and Heating will go into more detail regarding HVAC tune-ups and exactly when you should schedule yours. 

How Long Does an HVAC Unit Last?

On average, HVAC systems may last anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Of course, this all depends on a variety of factors, particularly where you live. In Texas specifically, an HVAC unit that receives regular service and preventative maintenance should last you closer to 15 to 20 years

For many homeowners, it can be hard to tell whether or not it’s time to retire their current heating and/or AC system. There are typically a number of signs that indicate it’s time for HVAC replacement services. Check out our blog Top 10 Signs You Need a New HVAC Unit to learn about the most common signs and determine whether or not you may need a new unit.  

When Should I Service My Air Conditioning Unit?

If you want to make sure your air conditioner makes it through the hottest months of the year without breaking down or malfunctioning, it’s important that you receive annual AC service. Specifically, our Carrollton AC tune-up experts recommend having your air conditioner serviced once a year every Spring

When you receive air conditioner maintenance in the spring, you make sure your HVAC system is in proper working condition before that blistering Texas heat rolls in. Plus, scheduling air conditioner maintenance in the springtime means you avoid the rush of people requesting maintenance and emergency repairs in the middle of the summer.  

When Should I Service My Heating Unit?

Because your furnace doesn’t get used nearly as much as your air conditioner here in North Texas, you might think annual servicing for your heating system isn’t necessary. However, just as we recommend air conditioners receive AC maintenance right before the summer heat strikes, we also highly recommend that you receive heater maintenance for your heating system just before those cold winter months roll in. In other words, the best time to schedule maintenance service for your heating unit is once every Fall. 

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Benefits of Routine Maintenance

Receiving an HVAC tune-up once a year does more for your system than just ensuring it is working efficiently for peak heating and cooling seasons. It also means increased energy efficiency, which in turn means lower energy bills. What’s more, you’ll experience the need for less frequent repairs. Regular maintenance also prolongs the life of your heating and air conditioning system, so you’ll be sure to get the most out of your HVAC unit before it gives out completely. Finally, annual AC maintenance also has the power to drastically improve your indoor air quality. 

Increased Energy Efficiency

When your HVAC system does not receive proper maintenance, it makes it much harder for it to perform its job as efficiently as it should. The harder your system works, the more energy it consumes, and the more energy that is used, the higher your utility bills will be. Thus, by receiving regular HVAC maintenance, you’ll benefit from increased energy efficiency (which is great for the environment) AND lower heating and cooling bills (which is great for your wallet). 

Fewer Repairs Needed

Another way that preventative maintenance helps you save money is by reducing the need for heating and air conditioning repairs. When a professional HVAC technician like those at Lex Air come to service your HVAC unit, they’ll be able to identify and address minor problems quickly and efficiently before they progress any further and become much bigger, more expensive AC repair problems. 

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Longer System Lifespan

As we touched on earlier, the average HVAC system lifespan in Texas is about 15-20 years. However, not everybody will be able to see their system through to the 20+ year mark before they need to replace it. Only those that prioritize regular maintenance will be able to squeeze every last ounce of heating and/or cooling performance out of their HVAC unit. In other words, those who make it a point to schedule regular heating and AC maintenance every year will benefit from a longer system lifespan. 

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Over time, parts of your HVAC system – such as your ductwork and air filter – can become layered with dust, dirt, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants that contribute to poor indoor air quality. As such, failure to regularly clean out these components can lead to health problems associated with the circulation and breathing in of unclean air. When you receive HVAC maintenance, not only will your heating or AC system thank you, but your lungs will too. 

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Ask About Our Annual HVAC Maintenance Plan – The Cool Club – Today!

As licensed HVAC professionals, we of all people understand the importance of regular heating and air conditioner servicing, but we also understand that for most people, it can be hard to remember to schedule annual maintenance. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to make it as easy and affordable as possible to receive the annual maintenance your heater and air conditioner needs without the extra hassle. Introducing our annual HVAC maintenance plan, The Cool Club!

When you become a member of The Cool Club, an experienced HVAC tech from Lex Air will come out to your home twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) to inspect, clean, and tune up various HVAC components. This includes the condensate pump, ductwork, air filters, refrigerant levels, condenser coils, and more. Rest assured, we’ll make sure everything is operating at peak efficiency so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your HVAC system has your back. 

In addition to all of the benefits that come with AC maintenance in general, you’ll also receive the following benefits specifically when you join The Cool Club:

  • Priority service
  • No overtime or after-hours fees
  • New equipment discount
  • 15% discount on parts and labor

To learn more about The Cool Club, be sure to give our Carrollton HVAC techs a call at (972) 217-8955 today!

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Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance Visit With Lex Air Conditioning and Heating Today

We hope this article effectively answered your questions regarding how frequently you should have your heating and AC unit serviced and, if you weren’t aware before, of just how important regular heater and air conditioner service can be. To schedule an HVAC service appointment or to learn more about our special offers or services, call a professional Carrollton HVAC technician from Lex Air Conditioning and Heating at (972) 217-8955 or reach out to us online today! 

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