Even Do-It-Yourselfers Get Yearly HVAC Inspections
Many do-it-yourselfers are going to ask, "Why should I get a
professional yearly inspection of my HVAC system when I could do it myself?"
This is a good time to honestly explore that question. Are you truly qualified?
When inspecting, do you know what you to expect from your particular setup?
Finally, what other advantages are there to getting an inspection by a licensed,
certified heating and air conditioning company in Carroll County?
Do you really know how to do it?
Many people think they can read the report from last year and reasonably
figure out the inspection checklist for their heating/cooling system. Certain
items like vacuuming out the ducts and changing the filter sound as if they can
be done quickly. Some, however, sound easy but are deceptive. For example, a
note that says the ductwork was inspected won't indicate how much work was
involved in crawling through the crawlspace to check it all out. Most people
understand that their system is supposed to be comfortable and energy efficient,
but what's a realistic expectation when accounting for your house, and family
size? A certified, quality HVAC company will have experienced technicians who
know what they're looking for. They also know what to do when finding a problem.
Professionals understand both the capacity and productivity of your system and
aim to keep it running to manufacturer's specifications.
What is involved with a heating system?
The HVAC system itself can be said to include the machine units, the fan and
ducting, thermostat and power hookups. However, many other house systems affect
its overall efficiency. Drafty doors or windows, old roofs or poor insulation
can have a negative impact on your heating bill as well. A professional will be
able to discern if you have a direct problem, an indirect problem or just
outdated equipment. They can check power draw and refrigerant levels for clues
to equipment longevity. They can check for duct openings, lines on the ground or
do any of the yearly service expected to maintain the system. If a problem is
not directly related to HVAC, they can point out what other household systems
might need to be addressed.
Even if you're able, should you really do your own inspection?
If it's your system, you should inspect it. But, even if you are qualified,
you should let a certified, licensed company do your once a year maintenance.
Mainly, it comes down to peace of mind. Many manufacturers are going to require
a once a year inspection from a certified HVAC specialist to maintain the
equipment's warranties. Also, insurance companies often want to see regular
service receipts to pay out on claims, especially if the issue is related to the
HVAC system itself. Finally, ask yourself. Can you as a homeowner really achieve
the same efficiency, promptness and quality? Professionals have the right tools
and the right knowledge.
Those who have some experience with HVAC may feel confident enough to do the
yearly service work. Invariably though, those with the most experience will know
to have it done by a local outside professional. Even for the most committed
do-it-yourselfer, getting a yearly service check-up on your heating and air
conditioning system is important enough to get help.
Make the call to your local
HVAC professionals, it's the right choice.