The Importance of Annual Check-Ups on HVAC and Plumbing Systems
Regular maintenance on all the systems in your home will help keep things running smoothly. It can also prevent breakdowns or other potentially serious and damaging problems when you are least prepared. Unexpected problems with your HVAC and plumbing can often cause the most inconvenience, discomfort and potential damage to your home, so an annual check of these systems in particular is very worthwhile. What can you do?
- Plumbing damage can cause decay of wood structures in your home and create build-up of mold and mildew throughout the house. And although water damage is at the top of the list of homeowners’ insurance claims, many problems are not covered if they are the result of long-term maintenance neglect. An annual plumbing evaluation ensures there are no leaks in pipes or supply line valves to toilets, sinks, appliances, drains and hoses. Sump pumps, crawl spaces, attics, ceilings and walls are also inspected for signs of leakage.
- A yearly check and tune-up of your HVAC system can prevent a breakdown during the hottest or coldest times of the year. It also ensures that your system is running at its highest efficiency level, saving you money on your monthly utility bills and preserving the life of the system. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have recommendations for what an HVAC maintenance call should entail, including checks for your specific system.