You go to your doctors for an annual exam to make sure your body is working properly, correct? The same rule applies to household appliances such as your water heaters and air-conditioning units. These are necessities that need a check-up to prevent hazards or damages later on. These five mishaps listed below will explain the dire consequences of neglecting routine maintenance.

Poor Air Quality

You and your family’s safety are more important that what’s in your home so annual HVAC maintenance is crucial. If even a minor crack exists, carbon monoxide can escape and pose a threat to you and your family. You may not even realize this problem is occurring but a technician will be able to repair the damage before it goes any further. These end of summer days can get quite hot, and you want to be sure that your HVAC unit is working properly, filter clean and fresh air without the interference of toxic chemicals.

Time is Money

When your HVAC unit is running smoothly, so is everything else. Your electric bill is as it should be and you should experience equal temperature in each room. But just because it may seem like it’s doing its job, doesn’t mean that you’re off the hook. Problems within the unit arise unexpectedly and if you don’t catch them prior to failure, it can be a costly mess. Take a look at your electric bills and compare them to the previous months. Have they gone up a bit? Routine HVAC maintenance will lessen the cost of having to repair major issues that could have been detected early on. Your technician will arrive annually and test the system for even the subtle changes that you may not notice.

Shorter Equipment Lifespan

More often than not, when your HVAC unit is running soundly, cleaning may be furthest you’re your mind. But as the circulation of air continues on a daily basis, those particles build up and can wreak havoc on later on, putting wear and tear on your equipment and, essentially, shortening the lifespan.  Annual cleaning and servicing maintenance will help lengthen the life of you HVAC unit.

Leaks and Drips

If seals aren’t tight, pumps are broken, or the drain is blocked, crack will eventually appear and cause a major leak in the HVAC unit. An annual once-over can prevent this from occurring when the technician inspects the unit for even the smallest airline cracks that unnoticeable to the eye.

Coil Build-up and Dirty Filters

The coil can be seen from the outside of the unit and is responsible for transforming hot air to cold air. If the coil is dirty, this will cause insufficient clean air to filter through and cause a drop in the cool air while spiking your electric. While it is cost-effective to have an HVAC professional inspect the entire unit, you should take note when the air filter starts to accumulate thick dust, it’s time for a change.