Cool, rainy and snowy weather all have the potential to cause minor to moderate damage to an HVAC system in Baltimore County. The potential for damage can be higher if you have an older furnace or compressor unit on your property. Since the summer months bring some pretty humid weather here in Maryland, it’s in your best interest to schedule an HVAC service appointment ahead of time during the months of April or May.
1. A Service Appointment May Be Included in Your Maintenance Plan
If you have a preventative maintenance plan, you will likely have access to free or discounted service appointments throughout the year. Therefore, scheduling a spring tune-up can be a great way to get the most for your money. During a service appointment, a technician from Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions will be able to inspect your furnace, heat pump or other HVAC products. If you do have a service plan, there is a good chance that you’ll be entitled to a free or discounted maintenance appointment in the fall months as well.
2. Fix Problems Before They Spiral Out of Control
Let’s say that you haven’t changed your air filter in several weeks or months. In many cases, a dirty air filter will not be able to trap dirt, dust or other debris that the furnace could come into contact with. On its own, a dirty air filter isn’t enough to cause serious damage to this component.
However, the longer the air filter remains unchanged, the more likely it is that particles in the air will coat blowers or other furnace components. This may result in a furnace that works harder than necessary to produce hot air. There is also a chance that the furnace will send dirty air through the home’s vents and into every room in the house.
The end result could be a furnace that no longer runs properly and ducts that need to be cleaned. There is also the potential for increased healthcare costs if people in your home can’t breathe properly or have allergic reactions to airborne pollutants. Walls, floors and other surfaces that are coated in dust or mold may also need to be professionally cleaned or replaced.
3. Schedule Service During a Relatively Quiet Time
Ideally, you will schedule service when most other people don’t see the need to do so. In many cases, individuals will hold off on a service call unless their furnace stops functioning during the winter or if their air conditioner doesn’t work during a major heatwave.
Scheduling a maintenance appointment in the spring will make it easier to get service promptly without paying emergency or other fees. If you do need to replace your furnace or compressor unit, it may be possible to get better prices on available products.
4. Ensure That Your Furnace Will Work Properly Next Year
As the spring season progresses, you will typically use your furnace less frequently. Eventually, you will stop using it as the cooler spring days give way to warmer and more humid weather. Having a technician check your furnace in April or May makes it more likely that it will be ready to go in October or November when cooler air returns.
When parts are clean and properly lubricated, there is less of a chance that something will get stuck after going unused for several months. There is also less of a chance that a part will come loose or break completely the first time it is activated after a long period of inactivity.
5. Make Sure the Air Conditioner Is Ready for Use
If you are like most homeowners, you probably don’t use your air conditioner during the winter and early spring months. This means that it’s a good idea to make sure that fluid levels are adequate and that condenser lines are still in good condition before you turn it on for the first time.
It is also a good idea to check your condenser unit for signs of physical damage that could have been caused by snow, ice or falling debris. A technician may also be able to check for signs of animal nests or other indications that animals tried to use it as a shelter during the winter months.
6. Keep Your Tenants Happy
If you rent your home to someone else, your tenant has the right to live in a property that is well maintained. This means that they have the right to have a furnace and air conditioner that work properly throughout the year. Scheduling routine service appointments can give them the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they won’t come home to a rental that is too hot or too cold.
In the event that a tenant tries to claim that you didn’t make a good faith effort to provide a safe living space, you can use maintenance records to refute this claim. By scheduling maintenance appointments on a regular basis, you may avoid the need to call someone in the middle of the night because the air conditioner won’t turn on.
7. Start Thinking About Future HVAC Upgrades
It can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace a furnace, heat pump or compressor unit. Therefore, it can be good to know if one or more components are nearing the end of their useful life. In most cases, a furnace will last for about 15 years while a central air system can last for 15 to 20 years. Of course, this depends on how well the product was made, how well it was maintained and how much you used it.
If a technician says that your furnace may only last for another year or two, you can start to think about how you want to pay for a new one. In some cases, it may be possible to pay for an upgrade in cash if you have enough time to raise funds to do so. Alternatively, you may want to start shopping around for credit cards or other financing deals that could be available to you.
While you may need to invest a significant amount of money to purchase new HVAC components, they may be less expensive to maintain. Furthermore, they may use less energy, which means that you save on heating and cooling bills for the majority of a new product’s useful life.
At Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions in Randallstown, MD, we offer a wide variety of heating, cooling and plumbing services to help keep your home in good condition. For instance, we can clean your home’s drains or find the source of a water leak in a timely and professional manner. Our crew can also install a water heater, sump pump or other products that can help to keep your home dry throughout the year. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, give us a call right away.