Many homeowners don’t really give their heating or cooling system a second thought—until something goes wrong. However, regular maintenance is incredibly important for a well-working, energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. An annual tune-up conducted twice a year, once for heating and once for cooling, can help you enjoy better indoor comfort all year long. You can even do most maintenance yourself, and here are some things to look for!
If you go to turn on your air conditioner only to find that there’s little or no air coming out of it, it’s time to schedule a tune-up.
Don’t ignore that strange banging noise coming from your air conditioner or the unusual hissing emitting from your furnace. These and other loud, unexplained noises can be symptoms of a larger issue, and it’s best to address them early on to avoid serious breakdowns and major, costly AC or heater repairs. While the exact lifespan of a given heating or cooling system differs depending on a few factors, most HVAC systems are designed to last for about a decade. With proper maintenance, this lifespan can be dramatically increased. If you have an older home or older HVAC system, it’s probably a good time to schedule a tune-up.