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Why Schedule Your Fall Maintenance Now

As a homeowner you know that home maintenance and upkeep is something you become quite familiar with. Seasonal HVAC maintenance is a must so you can have peace of mind that your system is working properly from all the use you gave it all summer and ready to give you efficient and reliable service in the winter months ahead. Making an appointment now with Virginia Air Heating & Cooling is the best way to make sure you are prepared for the change of season. Preventive maintenance keeps your HVAC system in the best possible working condition, which prevents major repairs and ensures safe operation and indoor comfort.

Why Schedule?

Prevent Major Repairs

Sometimes we don’t realize that our system is intermittently running until the set temperature is no longer met or we receive abnormally high utility bills. The need for minor repairs isn’t always so evident because your HVAC system might not exhibit any of the symptoms which maybe:

  • Clogged or excessively restrictive filter

  • Low motor or compressor capacitor(s)

  • Faulty ignition system

  • Worn or damaged fan motor

  • Malfunctioning thermostat

  • Dirty or obstructed furnace coil

  • Cracked heat exchanger

  • Non-working heating element(s)

until major damage has already occurred.

When you schedule your fall HVAC maintenance, our purpose is to find those small issues before they turn into full malfunctions. This saves you money and keeps your HVAC system operating reliably throughout the coldest months of the year in Virginia.

Ensure Safe Heating of Your Home

Carbon monoxide leaks are a huge safety concern with a gas or oil HVAC system that hasn’t received regular yearly maintenance. Although rare, fires can happen when a heating system doesn’t receive regular maintenance. Fire hazards in your HVAC system include rust and debris buildup and/or loose electrical connections.

We’ll inspect your heating system, tighten loose electrical connections, inspect important components like the heat exchanger and burners and test for proper operation as per manufacturer’s specifications.

Maintain Indoor Comfort

Lack of maintenance also harms your indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality contributes to discomfort and health problems, including minor to serious conditions. During the pandemic with more of us staying home to work or study, good quality of air is imperative to productivity and long term health.

Here in Virginia, we suggest a minimum of twice-a-year maintenance for your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable throughout the summer and winter months. Dirt buildup and worn parts can weaken the system’s ability to adequately heat your home.

Keep Your Utility Bills Low

Your HVAC system is one of the largest of energy consumption appliances in your home if the not the largest and can become very inefficient when it doesn’t receive regular maintenance. The longer it goes without maintenance, the more you may notice your utility bills increase and fluctuating temperatures/humidity levels. You could also have a sudden increase in your utility bills when winter arrives because temperatures drop so quickly or the temperatures fluctuate erratically.

Dirt buildup and clogged air filters are common reasons behind high energy bills. If something breaks or malfunctions within the system, this can cause high energy bills as well.

Your thinking “well I change my air filter regularly” but if air filters could block all dirt that would mean they would block all air too! This means filters can’t block everything so over time you will have buildup in your system. Regular maintenance to remove as much dirt as possible prevents the dirt from building up. Let the dirt build up too long can cause mold/mildew growth, your system to condense water and/or having to replace parts as they can no longer be cleaned or have failed. Just by having your HVAC system tested and cleaned by a licensed HVAC company helps prevent high energy bills and expensive repairs but also gives you peace of mind that your HVAC is working properly at that time. Obviously, no one can guarantee that your system will never have a mechanical failure, especially if an older system. But knowing the condition of your HVAC system would surely prepare you for the coldest nights in Virginia.

In Conclusion

During a fall HVAC maintenance visit, Virginia Air Heating & Cooling will conduct preventative tests to make certain your system is performing optimally. We will take care of cleaning, lubrication, adjustments, conduct an inspection for leaks, an inspection of filters, check the thermostat, and other tasks related to the type of HVAC equipment you have in your home. We will also answer any questions or concerns you might have about the condition of your HVAC equipment.

If you are ready to schedule your fall Heating maintenance or any of our HVAC services, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 703-591-0000!

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