Maintenance and Replacement: How Your HVAC System is Like Your Car

There’s a well-known idiom, “Out of sight, out of mind,” that applies to the average persons’ lack of interest in their HVAC system. Even though it is a part of our daily lives, our HVAC system remains underneath our radars--rarely thought about, scantily discussed. But why is this so? Simply put, we don’t see the system. We don’t actively engage with the system. The only physical signs that we have an HVAC system include the cold air we feel and the visible vents that deliver that cooled air. So, maintenance and repairs on HVAC systems simply slip our minds. We just expect the system to work when we want it to, and don’t think twice about it.

Let’s compare this to another item that plays an important role in our daily lives - our car. Whether you are heading to work, picking up the kids from school, or heading to Main Street for some weekend shopping, you grab your keys and make way towards your vehicle sitting in the driveway. You hop into the driver’s seat, turn the car on and crank the radio. You interact with your car. You see it sitting in your driveway every day. You fill its tank with gas, take it for weekly car washes, vacuum the interior, and you keep it up to date on mileage check-ups. There’s no way it couldn’t remain at the forefront of your mind. And, all because it is tangible.

However, the reality is you spend more time at home than in your car, so your home’s maintenance should be a priority. A recent report by the National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS) indicated that, on average, people spend about 5.5% of their day in a car and 68.7% of their time at home. When comparing the two numbers, don’t you think it is time to spend a little more time thinking about your HVAC system?

Why is Professional HVAC Maintenance Important?

Most things in life tend to function more efficiently, and for longer periods, when regular maintenance is routinely practiced. Your teeth for instance. We brush our teeth every day, but we also visit the dentist, every six months, for maintenance cleanings. Similarly, our cars require regular oil changes, new brake pads, rotated tires and other regular services, so it keeps running smoothly.

Just like your teeth, and your car, your HVAC system needs regular checkups too! In fact, annual HVAC maintenance is one of the best steps you can take to make sure your system runs efficiently all year long. It will also prevent the need for frequent repairs. Unlike your car, your HVAC does not prompt you that it is time for service with sounds and colored lights. Instead, you have to wait until something goes blatantly wrong to know you need professional HVAC maintenance. We all typically have a reactive relationship with our HVAC systems, but this causes malfunctions to become exponentially worse than they would be if preventative maintenance had been practiced.

Another aspect that complicates our relationship with our HVAC system, is that we try to do everything DIY, on our own, even when we shouldn’t. Whether it’s to save money, or because we want to try a new hack we read on the HGTV website, homeowners are constantly taking the reins on home improvement projects.

DIY your baseboards, molding and trim. Make an accent wall out of repurposed wood. Install shiplap-looking backsplash in your kitchen using adhesive flooring. The list goes on indefinitely for projects you really can DIY, but when it comes to your HVAC system--don’t. Yes, some HVAC systems do use filters that are easy to locate, remove, clean and reinstall, but that’s about it. Trust us on this one, DIY HVAC repairs and maintenance requires trained technicians.

Do you know if it is better to use louvers or dampers on your home’s HVAC system? If your air handling unit is central? Where in your HVAC system the chiller is located? For homeowners, these questions are most likely unanswerable. You probably don’t know what a chiller is, let alone where it is located. Our team knows. We work with HVAC system parts all day, every day. Our reliable technicians, at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, are able to quickly assess your home’s system and perform routine maintenance such as:

  • Air filter cleaning or replacement

  • Evaporator coil cleaning

  • Coil Fin straightening and repair

  • Condensate drain cleaning, repair or replacement

  • Duct replacement

  • Thermostat repair

  • Refrigerant refill

Your HVAC system is complex, it not only cools and heats your home, but it also filters your home’s air, and manages humidity levels.

Our annual maintenance plan offers maintenance benefits that will keep your system healthy, so it can work for you and your family.

Our Annual Maintenance Plan Benefits:

  • You will receive priority service and scheduling, even if we are booked and busy.

  • You will receive two heating and cooling tune-ups a year.

  • You will have a reduced diagnostic fee and 20% savings on service repairs.

  • You will incur no overtime or after hour charges.

  • You will enjoy a 10% savings on indoor air quality.

  • You will receive 10% savings on duct cleaning.

  • You will experience lower utility bills as a result.

  • You will encounter fewer unit breakdowns.

  • You will extend the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC Unit

As they say, all good things come to an end. The same goes for your HVAC unit. With regular maintenance, your system will function for its full lifespan. However, HVAC units are not immortal, and after 10-15 years, they need replacing. The Department of Energy recommends replacing your system within the 15-year mark as well, as energy efficiency features significantly improve over time.

You want an energy-efficient unit in your home, as old units will end up increasing your utility bill over time.

Here are some signs that it might be time to replace your HVAC system:

  • Repair costs come to a total that’s more than a system replacement

  • You experience a drop in your home’s air quality

  • Foul odors are coming from your air vents

  • Your unit becomes increasingly noisy

  • Your indoor temperature becomes inconsistent and unmanageable

  • You experience an increase in your utility bills

When repairing your unit is no longer cost-effective, or no longer a viable option, our experienced team, here at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, will provide you with budget-friendly guidance, so you can find the right HVAC system for your home.

We specialize in HVAC systems, offering HVAC installation, HVAC repairs, air duct sealing, cleaning, and replacements, and air filtration services. From a new programmable thermostat to replacing an air filter, we will provide expert service every time. With the latest energy-efficient technology, your family will save money and receive top-of-the-line cooling. We want you and your family to remain comfortable in the summer heat, while simultaneously remaining conscious of energy usage. By hiring 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, your HVAC system’s needs will be anticipated, thwarted, solved.

We, as a company, have provided service to thousands of Texans over a span of 30 years. Even if you’re not thinking about your HVAC unit, we are.

Whether you need HVAC maintenance, repair or replacement, call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, at (830) 302-3140, to schedule an appointment today!