Are HVAC Tune-Ups Worth It?
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Most people know that this is simply not a healthy approach to homeownership. When not properly maintained, pipes freeze and burst, chimneys get dirty and catch fire, fences rot and fall over… The list is endless. But what about furnaces and air conditioners? There is a lot of hype (and marketing) around getting an “annual HVAC tune-up…” Are they really worth it?
There are a lot of benefits to receiving an annual HVAC tune-up, such as maintaining your warranty, increasing energy efficiency, and extending the life of your unit. That said, you may be able to get by with an HVAC tune-up every other year. Read on to learn more.
HVAC Tune-Ups Cost Less Than Repair or Replacement
An HVAC unit can develop a small issue like a loosened blower component or a clogged condensate drain that can, if unrepaired, become much a bigger problem down the road. Instead of requiring a simple part fix or replacement, the entire unit may kick the bucket. An HVAC tune-up will detect and remedy the small stuff, prolonging the lifespan of the unit by ensuring everything is in working order.
They Can Increase Energy Efficiency
When dust and debris block the airflow of an HVAC unit, or the operating parts lose their lubrication creating friction, the unit operates less efficiently. This is largely unnoticeable until it affects comfort–The furnace or air conditioner does not produce as much heat or cold air as it used to. An HVAC tune-up will restore the unit to proper function and it can create noticeable energy savings.
HVAC Tune-Ups Help You Keep Your Warranty
Many HVAC units come with a limited warranty, requiring annual maintenance by a qualified technician in order to stay valid. Check the warranty certificate on your furnace or air conditioner to see if this requirement apply to you! Whether or not it does, the fact that many warranties include this clause tells you that HVAC manufacturers understand the importance of annual HVAC maintenance for saving them money too!
If you don’t have a warranty that requires annual maintenance, and your furnace or air conditioner is relatively young, you may be able to get by with an HVAC tune-up every other year. It all depends on how you care for your unit. Good owners check their air filter monthly and change it two times per year to quarterly to keep it in peak operating efficiency. However, owners should not service their HVAC units themselves due to the high voltages and currents involved. If you would like to catch small issues with your unit before they become bigger problems, annual maintenance is the safest bet. This is especially important if your unit is over 10 years old.
At Moore Heating and Air Conditioning, we are very transparent about what our HVAC tune-ups do and what they do not do. We offer both annual plans and one-time inspections depending on what you decide to do with your HVAC unit. Get in touch with us today to learn about your options!