As a homeowner, one of the most important tasks you have is maintenance. Home maintenance will help prevent most problems from occurring. One of the most significant systems in any home is the HVAC system, which also needs regular maintenance.
HVAC professionals recommend regular inspections, much like a car or with healthcare. The goal of inspections is to catch any issues you may not be aware of and to make sure the components are working. Many people often wonder if regular HVAC inspections are worth it. The following are some questions you may have about the process.
Are Regular HVAC Inspections Necessary?
HVAC professionals recommend that homeowners have their systems inspected at least once a year, although many will recommend bi-annual checks in the spring and fall. While there is no requirement to have your HVAC inspected, doing so will prevent significant issues you could encounter at less convenient times of the year.
Some systems also have a warranty that requires regular inspections. Failing to get them could void the warranty if any damage occurs from failure to maintain inspections.
What Happens During an HVAC Inspection?
Each HVAC company will have various items they check when doing an inspection. In general, the technician will check for any blockages or leaks, make sure the blower access door has a tight seal, look for rust or corrosion of the components, and make sure the drainage system is draining properly.
The HVAC technician will also make sure the condensate drain is clear. If not clear, he or she will drain it and remove any clogs. The blower wheel needs to be checked for any problems as well. The wiring and filters are also checked.
This is just a basic list of what could happen during your inspection. If you have specific needs or concerns, your inspection may be different.
Can the Homeowner Do His or Her Own Inspection?
If the homeowner has specific knowledge and training in HVAC technology, he or she may definitely do their own inspection. However, one needs special training for some aspects of the job. If you have had inspections in the past in which the technician just did a few tests and vacuumed the dust out of the system, you may not have a clear idea of a true inspection.
To prevent any problems in the future, your best bet is to hire a professional to give your system an overhaul. If you have concerns about the costs and you have a newer system, perhaps ask if everything needs to be checked or if the technician can scale back on some tests since your system is still new.
Is the Expense Worth the Inspection?
This is a question you will have to answer yourself, but in most cases, the inspection is certainly worth the cost. Most professional HVAC technicians charge less than a couple hundred dollars for an inspection, depending on your location. You are not only paying for maintenance but also peace of mind.
HVAC systems, furnaces, in particular, can become dangerous if they do not have routine inspections. Fires and chemical leaks are true possibilities. Although anything can happen, regular inspections significantly decrease the likelihood of danger.
Not only will inspections prevent danger, but they also prevent the likelihood of needing an emergency repair. The last thing you want is your furnace to go out in the middle of winter. If the heat does go out, you will have to face a very expensive emergency bill, which is higher than a regular inspection would cost.
If you have any questions about HVAC inspections or need maintenance for your system, please contact us at AC Technical Services, LLC.