The answer to this question is: it depends.
If you fall into the Do-It-Yourself category (translated, you have been known to watch a YouTube video to fix something — and succeeded) AND you are good at keeping on a schedule for inspections and filter changes, you may be able to do some of the HVAC maintenance list items yourself.
But if DIY is not your thing, then YES, an HVAC maintenance plan is worth it. A well-maintained air conditioner will last many years longer than one that has been neglected. And a well-maintained air conditioner will save you money on your energy bill, provide cleaner air in your home, and shouldn’t break on the hottest day of the year (assuming you hire the right maintenance provider!).
HVAC Maintenance DIY List:
- Change the air filters regularly, according to the instructions on the filter (usually 1 to 3 months). If you are using the “lifetime” plastic filters, make sure to wash the filters according to the instructions that came with the filter.
- Hose off the condenser to remove any accumulated debris from the base and the coil.
- Check the drain line on the air handler to make sure the condensation is draining out properly.
Depending on your level of experience, there are many more items on the maintenance list. To determine if a maintenance contract is worth it, calculate the time it would take you to complete the list, or as many items on the list as you can. Then translate your time into dollars. Contact Millian Aire for a quote on a maintenance contract for your AC system.
The Millian Aire technicians take their time to do a thorough maintenance. You should expect them to spend about 90 minutes cleaning and tuning your system.
Are all HVAC maintenance plans the same?
A good HVAC maintenance plan should include the items listed above, but also incorporate a thorough inspection of all the components of your HVAC. If you live in an area where your outdoor unit has exposure to leaves, dust, and dirt (almost everywhere in Florida), you should make sure that your maintenance includes cleaning your outdoor coil. The maintenance should include the technician hooking up gauges and performing diagnostic tests on your system to make sure everything is running as it should. Many air conditioning problems can be detected before they cause your system to stop working.
Similar to hiring a good mechanic to work on your car, you want to make sure you hire a reputable HVAC company to perform preventive maintenance on your air conditioner. The Florida heat and humidity puts a lot of wear on your AC system every year — over 3000 hours of work. A good HVAC technician will stay on top of the parts that wear out the fastest to make sure your air conditioner stays reliable.
Ideally you should have maintenance performed twice a year. This way you know that your system is ready for cooling season, before it gets too warm, and heating season, before it gets too cold. Luckily, in Florida the winters are usually mild, but on the few days that you need heating, you want to be sure that it will turn on without an issue.
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