As the temperatures outside begin to get cooler, it becomes much easier to keep temperatures inside the home cool. HVAC service is still important during these times because the same parts that kept the home cool are the same parts that will keep the home warm.
Many homeowners can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the hot summer months, and the high electricity bills are behind them. However, even in mild climates, the occasional cold snap during the winter can wreak havoc on climate control in the home. Even if your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has managed to make it through the summer, HVAC service might be needed from time to time.
Some of the most common HVAC service needs can quickly turn into a much bigger problem that could wind up costing the homeowner hundreds of dollars in repairs. For instance, dirty air filters are a simple fix, but ignoring this basic service need will cause the system to have to work extra hard in order to keep the home's climate comfortable. The air filter serves as a tool to keep the air flowing in and out of the system clean. Therefore, homes with smokers or pets might need to have the air filter changed more often, since the particles from smoke and pet hair tends to get caught in the filter much faster. An air filter that is neglected can create air output problems for the HVAC system. If air cannot flow through the home efficiently, the system must work much harder in order to maintain the regulated temperature. This will eventually cause a system breakdown once the other vital parts have become too worn to operate properly.
It always helps to pay close attention to how the HVAC system is operating to help pinpoint any potential issues. Some homeowners have noticed that although the system keeps the home comfortable, it may run constantly or never reach the temperature set on the thermostat. These types of issues may seem simple and difficult to notice, but they are indicators of an impeding system breakdown, and you should look for HVAC service immediately.
Many homeowners think that if their system can make it through the hot summer months, then there is no need for HVAC service during the fall and winter. Since an HVAC system is adequate enough to keep homes in mild climates warm during the winter, it is important to have the system checked before the first cold snap. All of the parts that were used in the summer to keep the home cool will also be used to keep temperatures warm. Therefore, the coils, condensers, and heat pump should receive a maintenance check to be sure each of these parts is working properly and can withstand cold temperatures, as well as the extremely hot temperatures.