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Preventative vs. Corrective Maintenance

When it comes to your HVAC system, if you are like most people, you don’t give much attention to it until something goes wrong. However, this can be a bad strategy, simply because with a bit of preventative maintenance, you can minimize repair costs over time.

What is Preventative Maintenance?

There are a number of preventative things you can do to help keep your HVAC system in good, working and efficient order. Did you know that nine out of every 10 HVAC system failures result from rust, dirt and the lack of proper airflow? The fact is when you keep your equipment in proper running condition, you will be able to save almost 20 percent on your utility costs. Some of the tasks that can do to prevent issues with your HVAC system include:

  • Change the filter regularly
  • Keep all debris and plants away from the exterior unit
  • Clean dust and debris from the coils

There is a general 70/30 rule when it comes to the maintenance of your HVAC system. 70 percent of the cost should be preventative maintenance and 30 percent should be corrective. After all, if you prevent an issue from arising, you won’t have to worry about corrective services.

About Corrective Maintenance

The fact is, any and everything that is mechanical is going to have to be repaired at one point or another. This is what is referred to as corrective maintenance. This includes fixing issues that have come up with the system. In many cases, issues with your HVAC system will have to be repaired by the professionals and depending on the age of your equipment, totally replaced. When you are facing this situation, there will be no option but to call in the pros. However, when you invest in preventative maintenance, as mentioned earlier, you can reduce the corrective maintenance that you have to invest in.

When to Call in the Professionals?

You may wonder when you should handle the preventative maintenance yourself, and when you should call the professionals. This is a common question. In most cases, you can handle preventative maintenance, like the tasks listed above. However, it is also smart to invest in professional maintenance a few times a year. This will help ensure that any small issues that are present are found and repaired before they have a chance to become worse.

If you don’t take the time to keep your HVAC system in proper working order, you may be facing rather costly repairs. There are a number of situations when a replacement may also be necessary. However, with preventative maintenance, you will be able to reduce these high costs.

Bob Hamilton Plumbing, Heating, A/C, & Rooter offers a service to help keep your preventative maintenance on track. It’s called the Premier Service partner Agreement. Click here for more info. 

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