With the official change to springtime weather, more of us are getting around to working through the dreaded home maintenance checklist. Is your heating and cooling system on that list to inspect? If you neglect taking care of it, you could put yourself at risk for an expensive repair. Not to mention, your system might be out of commission and that can be uncomfortable! Here’s how you can prevent expensive HVAC repairs this season.

#1: Don’t ignore problem signs.
If you notice any smells or strange noises coming from the machine, stop using it and call the professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling. Ignoring potential problem signs like this could cause damage to your system, which could lead to expensive repair or even a full system replacement. Burning smells could indicate an electrical issue. Banging, rattling, squealing, or squeaking noises also might mean there is a problem with a part that needs replacement or repair.

#2: Change or clean your air filters.
Clogged or dirty filters reduce airflow. In addition, it means your system is working harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Over time, this causes additional strain on the machine, shortening its lifespan and increasing the likelihood of costly repairs. Not to mention, dirty filters mean dirty air – and that can contribute to allergies, asthma, or sickness. We recommend cleaning or replacing your filters every other month.

#3: Schedule professional maintenance.
Just like your car needs tune-ups and your body needs checkups, so does your HVAC machine need professional maintenance once a year. Spring is the best time to do this, too. During this appointment, our professionals will do a complete inspection of all internal and external components of the system. We will also clean air filters, check that it’s working at peak efficiency, and then make sure there are no other problem spots that could pop up later. We will discuss everything with you in detail and if a repair is needed, we’ll get that expedited as quickly as possible.

If your machine is 10 to 15 years old, it’s likely that you may have paid enough in repairs and should invest in a new system. We can help provide a quote on a new system that works with your budget and get it installed so you can stay comfortable this spring. If you need a maintenance appointment or you have noticed some irregularities with the system lately, don’t ignore it. Call us for an appointment and we’ll assess the situation and provide a solution. We look forward to helping you!