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Does My Furnace or Air Conditioner Need Maintenance?

October 2, 2019
Posted in: Homeowner Tips

The ultimate goal of homeowners is to extend the life of their air-handling unit whether it is a furnace, air conditioner, or ventilator. For this to be possible, it is important to attend to your particular system and have regular maintenance performed on it. Regardless of these great intentions, it may be hard to realize when it is the right time to have maintenance performed to your unit.

Preventative HVAC Maintenance
The best way to prolong the life of your air-handling unit is to schedule regular maintenance. These “check ups” will ensure that your system is functioning properly so that you can avoid problems such as carbon monoxide leaks and insufficient air temperatures. After all, it is better to get preventative maintenance to ensure that your furnace or air conditioner is working properly than to try to use your system and have it fail on you.

Reparative HVAC Maintenance
Reparative maintenance is done in order to fix the part(s) of your air-handling unit that is not functioning correctly. Unless you are planning on purchasing a completely new AC or furnace, reparative maintenance is absolutely imperative (and also inevitable) for its survival. Be sure to watch out for signs that your unit is in need of immediate repair. These may include:
• Strange noises
• System not functioning as it should
• Dust collecting around the home
• not turning on
• Any kind of leaking
• Low airflow
• Frozen evaporator coil
• Higher than normal energy bills

When To Perform Maintenance On Your Furnace
In the case of preventative maintenance, it is a good idea to have your AC checked in the early spring and your furnace inspected in the early Fall, well before the seasons in which they are needed. This is advised so that you have time to make sure that everything is functioning exactly as it should be and, in case any issues arise, that you have enough time to get them fixed. In the case of reparative maintenance, get your system serviced by an HVAC system professional as soon as possible.

If your furnace or air conditioning unit needs attention for either preventative or reparative maintenance, contact us at Taunton Trades today at 905-493-4227 or mail@tauntontrades.com.