United Air Temp Maintenance Programs
The Key Advantages of an HVAC & Plumbing Maintenance Program
*Our current plumbing maintenance programs do not cover the North Carolina. HVAC maintenance is available in our North Carolina market however.
Did you know that improper HVAC maintenance increases energy utility by 30% to 60%? Or that filthy HVAC systems can also cause health problems and poor indoor air quality? Did you also know that improper use of plumbing systems contributes to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs)? Every year, about 23,000 to 75,000 incidents of SSOs take place in the US. SSOs contaminate drinking water and also cause millions of dollars in water damage.
All these show how HVAC and plumbing maintenance can protect your health and wallet. These preventative programs can save you tons in the long run, as they can keep costly damages at bay. But how exactly do these maintenance plans work, and what kind of benefits can you expect from them?
A Rundown of the Common Problems Affecting HVAC and Plumbing Systems
To grasp how vital a maintenance plan is, it pays to know the issues that occur in HVAC and plumbing systems. After all, most problems that affect these components of your home are due to a lack of maintenance. With that said, let’s take a look at the factors that can make your AC, heater, or plumbing pipes break down.
Air conditioner use alone can already account for 12% to 27% of your energy costs. The older your AC is, the more energy it uses, as its technology may be a far cry from today’s energy-efficient units. In addition, older air conditioners are more prone to refrigerant leaks.
The location of your home also has an impact on your air conditioner use. If you live in Virginia, for instance, then you most likely use your AC more often and for longer periods of time. After all, VA has had some of the highest temperatures since the start of this year. Either way, the longer or more often you use your AC, the faster the filter gets clogged with debris. Without a clean filter, the equipment will develop residue faster. This is the layer of dust, debris, and other particles that form on AC components.
Residue reduces the airflow and cooling capacity of an air conditioner. This can make your AC run longer, as it will try to achieve your desired temperature. This decreased efficiency, in turn, equates to higher cooling costs. Moreover, extended or prolonged use of the AC can dry out its lubricant supply faster. Without lubrication, all those moving parts inside the AC will create a lot of friction. This can then make them more susceptible to early (and excessive) wear and tear.
As you use your air conditioner, your heating system, be it a furnace or a boiler, collects dust and debris. Come fall, all those layers of residue can decrease the equipment’s heating ability. In gas-powered systems, clogs can form in the burners, causing a delay in ignition. They may not even “fire up” at all, leaving you cold and shivering.
As with air conditioning systems, heating units also come with lots of movable parts. Without proper lubrication, they can wear out and break down faster.
Problems with plumbing systems can strike anytime, but certain seasons bring more risks. For instance, burst pipes are more common during winter, as below-zero temps can freeze them up.
Sewer overflows or backups, on the other hand, occur more often during the rainy season. Summer can be the season for clogged plumbing pipes, as this is usually when people spend more time at home.
The holiday season is also when massive problems, like FOG buildup, usually occur. FOG stands for fats, oil, and grease, and it’s the main component of “fatbergs,” a multi-million problem in the US. In 2017, for instance, NY City spent more than $18 million clearing up its sewers of these congealed masses.
The Importance of Investing in an HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Program
A maintenance plan lowers the risks of premature HVAC or plumbing system failure. The program consists of steps that help these parts of your home retain their efficiency. Through these programs, our technicians can diagnose problems and fix them on the spot.
We’ll explain the benefits of an HVAC and plumbing maintenance plan in more detail below. To give you an idea, though, here’s a quick overview of the roles our programs play:
- Prepare your HVAC system for the cooling and heating season
- Ensure that the air conditioner and heater are in a full working capacity
- Make sure that the HVAC unit remains energy-efficient
- Prevent excessive spikes in your energy bills
- Keep your plumbing system free of clogs or leaks
- Avert costly and hazardous plumbing disasters
- Save you a lot of money
Now that you have some idea of how important a maintenance plan is, let’s talk about each benefit in more detail.
Specific Ways on How a Maintenance Program Saves You Money Over Time
A maintenance plan costs a fraction of emergency HVAC and plumbing repairs. Despite that, it can prevent the majority of heating, cooling, and plumbing issues. So, not only does it cost less than repairs, but it also reduces the need to fix things up in the first place. With that said, let’s take a look at how exactly a maintenance program can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Helps HVAC Systems Retain Their Efficiency
Heating and cooling system maintenance includes a comprehensive system clean up. This gets rid of the debris that impairs airflow and overall system inefficiency. As a result, your HVAC system functions as it should without the need to use more energy. This, in turn, helps ensure that your heater and cooler won’t make your energy bills skyrocket.
A fresh filter is one of the best examples of how keeping your HVAC system clean can save you money. Using a new filter alone can already cut a unit’s energy use by 5% to 15%. So, imagine how much more you can save if your entire HVAC system is all sparkly and clean.
Reduces Costly Breakdowns
A maintenance program helps increase the life span of your HVAC and plumbing systems. It does so by ensuring that these components of your home don’t get “overloaded.” Ensuring adequate lubrication on HVAC parts, for example, helps prevent it from overheating. Clean AC and heater components, on the other hand, do their job without having to “work harder.” Since their workload doesn’t increase, then they have a lower risk of early wear and tear.
Regular inspections also ensure that minor issues get resolved before they worsen. In plumbing pipes, for instance, expert plumbers can quickly detect leaks. From there, we can patch up the damaged pipes before they reach the point of bursting.
Keep in mind that the average US home has leaks that waste about 10,000 gallons of water each year. That amount of water is equivalent to 270 clothes washer cycles. If you get to detect and fix these leaks right away, you get to save all that water (and money).
Avert Severely Damaging Plumbing Backups
Plumbing backups are among the top reasons that homes sustain water and mold damage. These problems cost the US insurance industry an estimated $2.5 billion every year. That should tell you how much you’ve got to lose if you experience a sewer backup.
By having your pipes routinely cleaned, you can prevent them from getting all clogged up. Without clogs, you are much less likely to experience water backups. This, in turn, helps reduce the need to pay for emergency services that you could have avoided in the first place. So, not only do you get to save yourself from the inconvenience of plumbing issues. You also get to save money by not having to deal with these preventable problems.
Allows You to Secure Lower Rates for Future Services
Since the last quarter of 2018, labor costs in the US have risen at least four times. A considerable increase of 5.1% also occurred from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. This upward trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon, either.
An HVAC and plumbing maintenance plan can help by letting you secure today’s lower rates. If you get into a contract now, you don’t have to worry about paying more in the future.
Plus, a maintenance program comes with freebies, such as waived diagnostic charges. It also unlocks upgrades to your HVAC or plumbing system at discounted rates. All these then help you save a ton of cash.
Guaranteed Availability of Lower-Priced Emergency Services
Sometimes, emergency break downs can still occur despite having a well-maintained system. For example, severe weather conditions can cause plumbing problems like sanitary sewer clogs. Your AC may also run into cooling problems during days with record-breaking heat.
If you do experience any of these, your maintenance plan will let you enjoy discounted rates. For instance, you may not have to pay diagnostic fees while also paying less for the repairs. Most importantly, our highly-capable techs will come to your rescue!
Other Crucial Benefits of Having an HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Plan
Keeping your HVAC and plumbing systems in good condition also benefits the environment. It also keeps you safe from hazardous situations, such as wastewater backups. Ultimately, they safeguard your wallet from unnecessary costs.
Energy-Efficient Systems Are Better for the Environment
An energy-efficient HVAC system puts more money back into your pocket. At the same time, it uses less energy, which means that it “burns” fewer fossil fuels. These are the combustible sources of energy that generate greenhouse gases (GHGs). GHGs, in turn, are among the primary culprits behind global warming. As the earth becomes warmer, the need for air conditioners also goes up. So, it’s a cycle, one that also ultimately leads to much higher cooling costs.
So, in a way, having an HVAC maintenance program allows you to do your part in saving the environment. You also benefit since fewer GHGs may help prevent further global warming.
Protects You From Dangerous Plumbing Disasters
Every year, gastrointestinal diseases cost the US $135.9 billion in healthcare costs. The thing is, many of these health conditions result from exposure to pathogens. Campylobacter, salmonella, and shigella are just to name a few.
These are the same microorganisms found in untreated wastewater. A liter of sewage, in fact, can contain anywhere from 1,000 to 10 million particles of a virus. Between 100,000 and 10 billion units of E. coli can also be present in one liter of wastewater.
As you can see, plumbing backups can expose you not only to severe water damage. It can also put you at risk of severe health problems. Routine plumbing maintenance can help you prevent such disasters. By keeping your pipes healthy, you’re also saving yourself safe from sewage exposure. This, in turn, can help you avoid costly medical or hospital bills.
Common Maintenance Tasks Performed on HVAC and Plumbing Systems
Your trustworthy United Air Temp technician will always follow a maintenance checklist. This starts with an in-depth inspection, followed by cleaning and then sanitation. The tech will also secure connections, lubricate moving parts, and run temperature checks.
For the plumbing system, typical tasks include checking for leaks and pipe corrosion. Your water heater and supply and drain lines will also undergo comprehensive inspection. The plumber will clear sediment buildup on water fixtures, too.
You may also include yearly drain cleaning in your maintenance program. This way, the plumber can help you avert costly and dangerous clogs.
Unnecessary Costs You May Face When You Skip a Maintenance Program
As you can see, a maintenance program delivers exceptional cost-saving benefits. On the other hand, skipping this plan can result in increased energy bills. If you experience an emergency, you’re also likely to pay more compared to a regular service call. You may also have a hard time finding a reliable service provider if you put off maintenance to the last minute. Even if you do find one, hiring a technician during peak seasons will cost you more.
The Golden Guidelines of HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Benefits
To recap, an HVAC and plumbing maintenance plan helps prevent most repairs. It reduces energy usage, which translates to lower energy bills. It also improves indoor air quality, as it involves cleaning the AC, heater, and plumbing pipes.
Your maintenance program will also come with at least a once-a-year service schedule. United Air Temp’s highly-experienced, licensed, and insured technicians will carry out the work. They will also wear proper protective equipment and follow sanitation protocols.
Secure a Lower-Priced HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Plan Now
A regular HVAC and plumbing maintenance program can and will save you from a lot of costly repairs. More than that, it will allow you to enjoy optimal and undeterred cooling and heating at home. You’ll also get to avoid plumbing headaches, from clogs to backups.
So, as early as now, consider investing in these tune-up and preventive measures! If you want to start making the most out of your HVAC and plumbing system, we here at United Air Temp can help. Please feel free to contact us now to know more about maintenance programs and services!