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  1. #1
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    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.

  2. #2
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    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.

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    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.

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    It's the most important the first year after the install!!!

  5. #5
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    the short answer is yes. ask your contractor next week to see the op instructions. the first year is the most important.
    Right on....

  6. #6
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    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

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    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.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

  8. #8
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    sir do you change the oil in your car? seriously i want to know?
    Right on....

  9. #9
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    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?

  10. #10
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    yeah

    Hey techace79,

    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.

  11. #11
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankswin View Post
    Hey techace79,

    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.
    I realize I am stepping into a mess here, but:

    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.
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Quality work at a fair price with excellent customer service!

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  13. #13
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    oh

    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!

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