HVAC maintenance is one of the most critical but overlooked parts of home ownership. The performance of your heating and cooling system, not to mention how much you pay in energy bills, significantly depends on its maintenance. Heating and cooling accounts for roughly 50% of the average home’s energy usage, which means that a well-maintained HVAC system can make a big difference in monthly energy costs compared to one that is neglected.
Spring and early summer is the perfect time for South Jersey homeowners to be thinking about AC maintenance, so today your trusted local air conditioning company is addressing seven commonly asked questions about HVAC maintenance!
1. What is HVAC Maintenance?
HVAC maintenance involves the regular inspection, cleaning, and servicing of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. This process is crucial in keeping your system running efficiently, reducing energy costs, and prolonging the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
Importantly, a maintenance visit from a NATE-certified Bovio Rubino Service technician can include preventative repair to your system that will avoid unexpected (and expensive) future breakdowns, like during peak usage times in the summer when you need to be able to count on your cooling system to keep your home comfortable.
2. What Does HVAC Maintenance Include?
The average HVAC maintenance visit from Bovio Rubino Service—we call them precision tune-ups— includes:
- Cleaning or replacing air filters
- Inspecting and cleaning the condenser coils
- Checking the refrigerant levels
- Ensuring all electrical connections are tight and secure
- & much more
Depending on the level of service you select, our tunes-up include between 17 and 21 different point check-ups!
3. How Much Does HVAC Maintenance Cost?
The cost of HVAC maintenance can vary depending on the level of the service you select. At Bovio Rubino, we offer several different levels of care to fit the needs and budgets of any South Jersey homeowner. Maintenance is an additional cost, but compared to the money you save by avoiding expensive repairs and emergency breakdown charges, we think you’ll agree that it’s well worth it! Call us today for a full breakdown of HVAC pricing and service options.
4. How Often Should You Schedule HVAC Maintenance?
Ideally, you should schedule HVAC maintenance at least twice a year. For your cooling system, the best time is in the spring or early summer, before the Jersey heat arrives. This allows any potential issues to be identified and addressed before you rely heavily on the system. But there’s no wrong time to schedule a tune-up—even if you’ve put it off, it’s smarter to schedule maintenance today instead of crossing your fingers and hoping your system makes it through the rest of the cooling season.
5. Is HVAC Maintenance Necessary?
Absolutely! Regular HVAC maintenance is crucial to ensure efficient operation, reduce energy costs, and extend the system’s lifespan. Neglecting maintenance can lead to decreased performance, higher energy bills, and potential system failure. For central AC systems, maintenance is key in avoiding unexpected breakdowns during the hot summer months.
Maintenance visits are also a great opportunity to have a heating and cooling professional assess the age of your system. At Bovio Rubino Service, you’ll never experience a pushy salesperson. But you WILL get our honest, expert opinion when a new AC installation is the best choice for your home.
6. How Long Does HVAC Maintenance Take?
The length of a precision tune-up and professional cleaning from Bovio Rubino Service is between 30 and 60 minutes. This time allows our HVAC experts to meticulously inspect, clean, and service your unit to ensure its peak performance and efficiency.
7. Are HVAC Maintenance Contracts Worth the Money?
An HVAC maintenance contract offers several benefits that can make it a worthy investment. Depending on the plan selected, Bovio Rubino Service’s Maintenance Protection Plans can include:
- Regular scheduled tune-ups and service reminders
- Priority service
- Waived or discounted service call charges
Maintenance plans provide peace of mind knowing your system is being regularly serviced by professionals and has our stamp of approval for the coming months.
Schedule AC Maintenance with Bovio Rubino Service Today
Proper HVAC maintenance can save you time, stress, and money. Our team is always here to ensure your central AC system and other HVAC units—including furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and ductless mini-splits—are performing at their best. Reach out to us today to schedule your AC maintenance visit or to enroll in our preventative maintenance program. Since 1974, our friends, family, and neighbors have been trusting Bovio Rubino Service with keeping their homes comfortable, healthy, and energy efficient!