Think Never Servicing Your HVAC Unit Is a Good Idea? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
It may be tempting to skip regular maintenance on your HVAC unit. But you have to keep in mind that not servicing your heating and AC system is similar to not changing the oil in your car. And likewise, it can result in serious consequences.
So exactly what can go wrong? We’ve compiled a list here of some things that might happen if you never have your HVAC system inspected or tuned up, or don’t do this on a regular basis.
Carbon monoxide poisoning – Failing or damaged heat exchangers are one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be harmful or even fatal. If you have a gas unit, especially an older one, a failing heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the air in your home. One of the best ways to prevent this is to have your unit inspected and maintained on a regular basis by a professional.
Broken Compressors – Dirty condenser coils can force the compressor to work harder, decreasing its life and causing it to eventually break down.
High Utility Bills – Servicing your unit on a regular basis makes it work more efficiently, which saves you money on electricity or gas bills. However, never servicing your heating and AC system will, of course, do the exact opposite. According to the National Association of Realtors’ houselogic.com, your home energy costs can go up by as much as 5-10% for every year that you skip HVAC maintenance.
Poor Air Flow – Dirty air filters will reduce the air flow and the quality of air in your home, and will also cause your system to operate less efficiently. Some health issues can be caused by poor air quality, including minor headaches, breathing problems, and allergic reactions.
At Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, we recommend that you have your HVAC unit inspected annually to avoid problems like these. If it’s been awhile since your last inspection or tune-up, call us today to schedule an appointment.