When you have a new HVAC system installed, your HVAC company will typically ask if you want to sign up for a service agreement. Depending on the company, they may even give you a year or two of free service membership. In either case, taking advantage of such a service agreement is a smart choice. But what does such a service agreement usually include? Take a look.
There are various parts of your HVAC system that are almost certain to become dirty over time. Surely, your outdoor AC coil will get dirty. Your central fan will accumulate dirt, and the condensate drain and pump tend to accumulate algae. This grime can become more than an annoyance; it can start interfering with system efficiency and lead to premature breakdowns. You need a lot of specialized tools and know-how to remove it all. While you could do this on your own, letting your HVAC contractor handle it as a part of a service agreement is much easier, and you can be confident they will do a more thorough job.
There are a lot of moving parts in any HVAC system. The primary ones tend to be in the blower motor, but even the hinges on a furnace cover are technically moving parts. As a part of your maintenance agreement, your HVAC contractor will typically lubricate all of these parts. This helps keep your equipment from undergoing so much friction as it works. And this, in turn, helps prevent a whole lot of issues, like worn ball bearings and torn belts, that can result from a lack of lubrication.
Lubricating the system yourself is not too difficult, but you do have to take the time to go buy the lubrication and apply it to a bunch of different points. Plus, you need to access the motor to do this properly, and that's best left to an HVAC pro.
Today's HVAC systems are made to be as safe as possible, but there is still some risk of catastrophes such as fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Your HVAC contractor can check for safety issues and address them before anyone gets hurt. They'll measure the temperature of the flame, make sure all safety sensors are working, and check that your furnace is exhausting properly.
Signing up for an HVAC maintenance agreement is a good choice. With all that contractors do during a service appointment, you will get your money's worth.