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How Often Should I Service My HVAC Systems?

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Have you been wondering when to call for your regular HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system maintenance? In a nutshell, the optimal time to schedule inspection and service for your heating and cooling systems is during seasons with moderate temperatures, when you’re less likely to need the heating or cooling system. For a full breakdown of frequency and seasonal timing, here are some tips for planning maintenance for all your HVAC systems.

Heating Systems

To keep your furnace running smoothly and prevent unnecessary wear, experts advise having a maintenance checkup once every year. More frequent servicing is recommended for older furnaces. Additionally, consider having your furnace inspected more frequently if your home has pets or air quality issues. The best season for this work is in the fall, just before the temperature drops. Don’t forget to get the ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Cooling Systems

For air conditioner systems in homes in Winnipeg or the surrounding areas, once per year is typically sufficient for maintenance. Spring is the ideal time for proactive maintenance, so you can address any issues that may have arisen in the off-season and catch the technicians before service schedules fill up over the summer months. However, if your air conditioning unit is acting up, don’t wait until spring.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps provide both warming and cooling for your home, so the ideal time to have them serviced is during the spring or fall. For newer systems, once per year should be sufficient, especially if your heat pump is used as a secondary heat source. If you’re consistently running the machine, or if your system is a little older, twice per year is advisable. Consider a replacement if you bought your heat pump at least 15 years ago.

Water Heaters

Regular maintenance on your water heater includes an annual flush-out to eliminate sediment buildup that can lead to noisy operation. It also helps prevent premature breakdowns and excess energy drain. You should make an appointment every three years to have your water heater’s anode rod inspected.

HVAC Service and Maintenance in Winnipeg

To keep your home comfortable in all seasons, you can count on the experienced team at Fair Service Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. As your certified local HVAC contractor, we’re qualified to provide regular maintenance, emergency repairs and new installation services. Whether you need a new system or a quick fix, we’re ready to serve you. Contact us today in Winnipeg to schedule maintenance or request a quote.

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