If you just had a new heating and/or air conditioning system installed within the past year or two, chances are the installer recommended an HVAC maintenance plan. But do you really need preventative maintenance? Ideally, everything is in good condition so you should expect no problems for a while.
That’s partly true. In the first year or two, it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong with the equipment itself. However, there are lots of environment-related problems that can happen even to new systems, but can be prevented with a good cleaning and tuneup.
Over time, neglected maintenance will shorten the life of your system. Some of these issues can even cause you headaches in the short term.
7 reasons to get an HVAC maintenance plan for a new system
1. Prevent water damage
Water leaks from air conditioning systems can cause expensive damage to walls, floors, furnishings and decorative finishes. In most cases, water leaks happen when drain lines and pans get clogged with debris. That can happen surprisingly fast if your equipment components are installed in a dusty area, and you could end up with a water leak even if you have a relatively new system.
The risk of water damage is the main reason many high rise buildings require tenants to have an HVAC maintenance plan. When leaks happen, it can cause major damage not only to your space, but to other parts of the building as well.
HVAC maintenance helps to prevent water leaks with regular cleaning of drain lines and pans.
2. Replace and clean filters
Your HVAC equipment has filters that prevent dust and debris from getting into the equipment and causing damage. Those filters need to be cleaned or replaced periodically (depending on the type). For most residential systems, filters need attention once or twice a year.
You can clean or replace filters yourself, but most homeowners prefer to have them taken care of by experts along with the rest of the system during a regular service visit.
3. Clean coils
Your air conditioning system has two types of coils with sensitive fins that are responsible for removing heat from the air in your space and releasing excess heat outside the building. The coils can get coated with dust and grime (especially the ones located outdoors), which makes it harder for them to transfer heat.
Many HVAC maintenance plans include cleaning the coils to keep them working properly.
Learn more> Why Clean AC Coils?
4. Check airflow
Your HVAC equipment needs proper airflow to control the temperature in your space. There are issues that can cause reduced airflow, even with new systems.
A common reason for reduced airflow is air ducts that have holes or cracks. That can happen if your ducts were not replaced when you got your new system. We have also seen pests (insects, birds or rodents) getting into duct systems and causing damage that leads to airflow problems.
During a regular maintenance visit, your technician will check the airflow levels and investigate the cause if found to be low.
5. Check for refrigerant leaks
For most air conditioning systems, refrigerant is the chemical that provides the cooling power. It circulates through long tubing lines connected to your equipment. However, sometimes refrigerant lines can get damaged through some types of physical contact (even on a new system), causing a slow refrigerant leak.
HVAC technicians routinely check refrigerant levels during regular maintenance visits. If the level is off, your technician will know to look for a leak and repair it. Otherwise, you’ll never know until your system stops cooling your space.
6. Prevent voiding the warranty
Some HVAC equipment manufacturers require periodic maintenance as a condition of the warranty. If that’s true for your system, neglecting maintenance will mean that your warranty claim will be denied if you end up having a problem with your new equipment.
That’s why it’s smart to keep records of your maintenance visits. Better yet, establish a relationship with one company who will keep detailed records of the work performed on your system.
7. Keep your equipment in peak condition
Going through the process of choosing and installing a new heating and air conditioning system can be time consuming, not to mention expensive. Naturally you want your new equipment to last as long as possible.
An HVAC maintenance plan ensures that your equipment gets serviced regularly and stays in “like new” condition for much longer than equipment that’s neglected. That means fewer breakdowns, better efficiency and reduced energy consumption, a longer lifespan, and better comfort conditions for you and your family.
Learn more> How Long Should an Air Conditioner Last?
Establish a service relationship with an HVAC maintenance plan
Getting an HVAC maintenance plan for your new system not only prevents the problems discussed here, but also allows you to establish a relationship with a trusted service company. Your technical team gets to know you and your equipment, which brings peace of mind. You also save money with a yearly contract, and can get priority service if you do need emergency repairs.
Here’s what’s important to know: an HVAC maintenance plan can and should be customized to your specific needs and your equipment.
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