Friday, April 5, 2013

Protect Your HVAC System Warranties with Regular Maintenance

One of the most common ways homeowners invalidate their HVAC system warranties is by performing their own equipment installations. Many furnace and air conditioner manufacturers require products to be professionally installed in order to honor their warranties. However, there are usually other stipulations in the fine print that many people are not aware of: warranty protections can also be invalidated if you fail to properly service and maintain your equipment.

Experts recommend getting your furnace and air conditioner tuned up in both the fall and spring. This ensures that equipment is in optimal operational condition prior to the full onset of heating and cooling seasons. During these tune-ups, licensed technicians clean, test and calibrate all the equipment’s working parts, and conduct tests to ensure your thermostat is working correctly.

The benefits of annual maintenance include:

  • Superior efficiency. Regularly serviced HVAC equipment operates at peak efficiency, which translates into improved indoor comfort as well as reduced home heating and cooling costs. Your system won’t have to work as hard to achieve the desired level of heating or cooling, and that means lower household energy consumption rates.
  • Fewer breakdowns. Not only will you protect your warranties by getting your furnace and air conditioner serviced regularly, but you will also prevent the need to make future service calls. Technicians can spot and correct growing problems before they necessitate a major repair—which saves you money in the long run.
  • Extended equipment life. Having your equipment serviced year in and year out will help to extend its life and delay the need to invest in costly replacements. Well-maintained equipment regularly exceeds manufacturer specifications for life expectancy.
  • Boosted safety. During the maintenance visit, the technician will also ensure your furnace is not generating excess amounts of carbon monoxide, and that harmful byproducts are safely being routed outdoors.

At Main Street Heating & Cooling, we are pleased to offer affordable annual Advantage Plans to our valued customers. These plans allow you to automatically schedule your seasonal system tune-ups at discounted rates, and provider priority scheduling to our preferred members so equipment is serviced in a timely manner. To learn more about our Advantage Plans, or to request more information about the benefits of maintenance and safety inspections, contact the Main Street team today!