Maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is as important as scheduling regular maintenance for your car. Like all mechanical equipment, parts wear out, need lubrication, and require adjustment and calibration to work efficiently. Neglecting routine tune-ups can create significant problems or cause the machinery to stop working. Below are some of the most common HVAC problems caused by a lack of maintenance.
Unit Stops Working
Dust buildup is a frequent culprit behind problems with air conditioners and heaters. It can accumulate just about anywhere in your HVAC system. In furnaces, it often clogs burners and causes ignition problems.
In air conditioners, dust has the potential to create severe issues by collecting on the evaporator coil and condenser coil. The more dust coats these components, to more your AC system will struggle to absorb and release heat during the cooling process. If the problem becomes bad enough, your AC can break down altogether from the strain of working so hard.
Costly Utility Bills
Keeping your system tuned up improves its energy efficiency. Poorly maintained residential systems can use up to 30% more energy. Considering how much your costs already rise during winter and summer due to your household’s heating and cooling needs, HVAC system maintenance can be well worth the investment.
Higher Repair Bills
Lack of maintenance can cause your HVAC system to wear out prematurely and affect the reliability of its components. Periodic tune-ups significantly reduce the likelihood of your system failing when you need it most. Also, promptly correcting small problems found during a maintenance session prevents them from becoming more expensive issues.
For example, capacitors send a surge of energy into the system to help it start up. If a capacitor fails, the compressor must work harder to start the unit. Capacitors are inexpensive and easy to replace. Replacing a compressor is expensive. If the damage to the compressor is extensive, you may be faced with buying a new unit.
At JSP Home Services, we provide HVAC maintenance, repairs, and installations for Kingston and nearby communities. If it’s been more than a year since your system has received a tune-up, give our friendly team a call today at (845) 250-6470!