If you’ve been putting off getting your HVAC system cleaned, no time is better than the present to make the call and get it done. However, if you get your HVAC looked at regularly, is there a better time of year to get an HVAC system cleaning?
If time is on your side and getting your HVAC cleaned isn’t an emergency, then make an appointment during the offseason. That means before the bitter winter air rolls in and before the summer heat hits. Keith Hill, technical support manager at Minnesota Air, says that during the offseason, technicians will have more time on their hands, making it easier to schedule an appointment and giving them more time to perform a thorough inspection.
“More often than not, in the heat of the summer or the middle of the arctic winter, the techs are very busy and pressured to get things done quickly and move on to the next emergency call,” says Keith. “The offseason is always best for proactive maintenance, non-emergency repairs, and upgrades.”
Keith says there tends to be a lull in late February through early May – especially if it’s a mild winter – and then late August and September, when weather tends to cool down and life gets busy with school. Those are your peak times to get the most for your money and flexibility when scheduling.
Why It’s Important To Get It Cleaned
If you haven’t gotten an HVAC cleaning in a while, it’s important to call as soon as you can. Don’t wait for the offseason to make an appointment or you’ll be sorry when an issue that could have been prevented happens in the middle of a cold snap – BRRRRRR! No one wants to make an emergency call in the middle of the winter to get your furnace repaired, or heaven forbid, replaced.
Getting it cleaned as soon as possible improves efficiency, can help lower your utility bills because of that improved efficiency, and it can even lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC unit. HVAC maintenance is a service worth paying for because it saves you money in the long run.
Think of it in terms of going to the doctor regularly, and how you learn what you can do to stay in shape and learn about anything you can do to improve your current health. A tech is like a doctor for your HVAC. With regular checkups, you’ll be keeping your unit working longer and healthier. A technician’s trained eye can spot trouble when it may be a minor issue and is still easy to fix, as opposed to ignoring it and resulting in a major issue down the road.
When the HVAC tech makes a service call, they will usually perform the following (but check first with your service provider so you know exactly what to expect):
- Cleaning – They’ll clean the dirt, debris, soot – any blockages or things that can prevent air flow.
- Safety Check – They’ll look at the gas, ignition, and venting systems.
- Performance Test – They’ll check to make sure it’s running at its best efficiency.
- Cooling System/Fluid Check – The outdoor AC coil will be cleaned and checked as well as make sure any fluids in your system are still ok.
- Filter Change – This is something you can do yourself, but if you have questions about filters or want to make sure you have the best filter for your HVAC system, ask about making sure that gets done when you make an appointment.