scheduled maintenance- really necessary?
Next week, I am having my new HVAC system installed in my home. Is the
yearly scheduled maintenance really that important after one year, or can
it be done every other year?
Also, EXACTLY what is done for the furance and a/c yearly maintenance...
please be specific.
My system is in a very clean environment, with little dust and dirt in
area. The system is never be running 24/7.
Do you want your system to last a long time or a short time? yes it's important....They make sure you don't go without and can track parameters of your system to know future problems before they show their ugly face and most likely fix them before hand. If you are looking to sign a service agreement they should list all the PM they do if they don't make them spell it out.
This is one of those questions that varies on each system. I saw one last month that didn't need to be checked except every other year unless a problem arises....house is immaculate,new,paved road, and clean air. Filter not dirty in 3 months. While I recommend a yearly check-up, two yrs on this one. JMO.
If everything was always done "by the book"....the book would never change.
It's the most important the first year after the install!!!
the short answer is yes. ask your contractor next week to see the op instructions. the first year is the most important.
From the day you start your system after install is the day it starts to degrade....the more preventive maintenance preformed on the system the less that degradation will an effect the system
If you never have to dust your coffee table, or clean your monitor, then your homes eviroment is clean enough that you don't need to have your system checked every year.
sir do you change the oil in your car? seriously i want to know?
Would you go out and purchase a 2007 SUV, and never check the tires, never change the oil or put washer fluid in it? Driveing it year after year with nothing done, How long would you like it to last?
Hey wise guy....Of course I change my oil...every 3500 miles with Castrol
GTX. A HVAC system is NOT a car! Use your head....
My current 21 year old York contractors grade HVAC system is 21 years
old now and I NEVER did service on it....its still running fine. NOT a single
issue in 21 years. NOT bad for a low end York system, huh?
My home and my health is IMMACULATE.
I will do the scheduled maint after the first year, and than proceed to
every other year moving forward.
scheduled maintenance-really necessary?
I agree with jackpiner. The first year is to ensure the unit was properly installed. After that I tell my customers that the seasonal tune-up is just a snap shot of the unit's condition at the time, it doesn't gurantee a trouble free season. If, on the other hand, someting is found (i.e., a failing capacitor), its chances will be greately enhanced.
I realize I am stepping into a mess here, but:
Originally Posted by yankswin
With due respect sir: Your rational is faulted, it is based on un-educated observations. I can almost guarantee you that your approach to maintaining the most expensive, the most energy using, and the most complex appliance in your home that runs 24/7 (whether it is physically running or not) is, well, IMO, kinda cheap; like someone that thinks all apples are the same and all oil is the same.
You will get out of the system what you put into it. It is your choice to determine whether you think you are smarter than a professional in the industry or not. But IMO one that can listen and learn is a lot wiser than one that 'knows it all'.
Best of luck to you with your new system, it sounds like you may need it sir.
Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!
Well, "Sir" ga-hvac-tech,
Of course you would repsond with this approach, as post install maintenance
is a large money generating part of your business.
You need to note that I DID NOT state that I will NEVER perform maintenance
on my HVAC system. I stated I will have maintenance done EVERY other
year! I have faithfully changed my filter every 30 days and routinely washed
down the outside compressor.
Again, my cheap contractor's grade York system is currently 21 years old
and running! I turned on the AC last night for the first time this season and
once again, nice and cold air....beautiful!