Las Vegas is accustomed to months of triple-digit temperatures and to combat these blistering days, having a working AC system is crucial. Maintenance on an air conditioning unit can be easily neglected due to busy daily life. However, not properly maintaining the AC unit will ultimately be more costly in the long run.
Lower Energy Bill
Regularly scheduled maintenance can help make your HVAC system function better, which will lead to greater efficiency. With a more efficient HVAC system, your energy bills will be lower. Due to regular wear and tear, your system has to work up to 20% harder if not regularly checked. If the system is properly maintained, the functionality of your HVAC unit will be noticeably more effective and reflect in your bill.
Maintenance may cost you money, but if your system is damaged, you will have to shell out the money for more extensive repairs. For example, a snapped belt inside the machine can cause a lot of problems. However, when you invest in annual maintenance, your technician will be able to see that the belt is fraying and replace it before it can snap. With regular maintenance, you won’t have to have as many repairs and the maintenance will pay for itself over time. If your system breaks down during a heat wave or cold spell, you could be paying a lot more for emergency repairs.
Lower Chance of a Breakdown
The last thing you want to happen in the Las Vegas heat is for your system to stop working in the middle of summer. With routine maintenance, the odds of your system breaking down are reduced. During the maintenance checkup, issues with the AC unit are discovered and fixed before any serious damages arise.
Equipment Lasts Longer
A new HVAC system is expensive, and even one damaged part can cause an entire system to break down. Maintenance will ensure that your HVAC system is in good working order so your equipment lasts longer, saving you from having to replace it. During maintenance, the system is regularly cleaned, which will help the unit work more efficiently.
Not only will a failing system increase your energy bills and cost you more money in repairs, it can also endanger the safety of your family. Electrical systems may short circuit and can be a fire hazard. A faulty furnace with a crack can leak carbon monoxide into the air, which can be deadly when inhaled. HVAC maintenance will help prevent these dangerous situations.
Indoor air quality can sometimes be worse than the outside air. In the summer, high humidity can lead to mold growth in the coils and ductwork of the system. Mold can aggravate existing allergies and asthma, and can also cause some other flu-like symptoms. Other dirt, pollen, and contaminants can build up in the system and, when the system is on, can spread them throughout the home. During regular maintenance, the technician will let you know if ductwork or other parts need to be cleaned for you to breathe in fresh air.
Preventing Issues Between Maintenance
There are also some HVAC maintenance tasks that you can do yourself. You should be sure to change the HVAC filter every month so you are breathing in clean air and nothing is blocking or clogging up airflow. It’s important to remove debris from around the unit and trim back any foliage, so it’s at least 18 inches from the AC system outside. If dirt begins to accumulate on the outside unit, make sure to hose it down and keep it relatively clean. Also, make sure any furniture or rugs don’t block the air supply.
Routine HVAC Maintenance
Most air conditioning maintenance should be done by a Las Vegas HVAC repair company who have the right skills and knowledge to make sure your HVAC system is up to date. Some of the items that the technician will complete during routine maintenance include:
• Check the thermostat to make sure it’s calibrated correctly, or install a programmable thermostat will help you have better control over the temperature in the home.
• Check all electronic connections to make sure the right voltage is set, and fix any loose connections that could cause damage to the system.
• Lubricate moving parts to ensure the system does not have too much friction that can increase energy bills.
• Look at the condensate drain to make sure there isn’t a blockage. When the system is used frequently, the drain can overflow and can cause water damage in the home.
• Check the system controls to make sure everything is operating as it should.
• Clean the blower so there is proper airflow and the home is comfortable.
• Clean evaporator coils to prolong the equipment and ensure lower energy bills.
• Check refrigerant for any leaks and make sure your system is charged correctly, so you aren’t overpaying to cool the home. An overcharged system will cost you more and an undercharged system could indicate a leak.
• Check fuel line connections for heaters, so there is a lower risk of a fire hazard or health problems from fumes.
• Check the gas pressure and heater exchange to ensure proper operation and safety.
Regular maintenance is important, but if you are experiencing any problems with your unit or hear any strange sounds, make sure to contact Right Now Air to schedule a service call as soon as possible.