What Happens When Homeowners Skip HVAC Maintenance?

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What Happens When Homeowners Skip HVAC Maintenance?

Did you know that HVAC systems should be routinely inspected, cleaned, and serviced? Ideally, homeowners should have their system maintenanced at least once every year. It is recommended that you get your cooling system inspected in the spring, and your heating system inspected in the fall. However, many homeowners choose to neglect this maintenance until an issue occurs. Our team at Dependable Heating & Air explains the consequences of skipping HVAC maintenance.

Why Do Homeowners Skip HVAC Maintenance?

There are a number of reasons why homeowners may neglect HVAC maintenance. First and foremost, they may be unaware that they need to take proactive steps to ensure the system continues to function properly. They may believe that, as long as their house is heated, there is no reason for any maintenance or inspection to be done.


Others may skip maintenance because of the cost. If a homeowner is concerned about the cost of the visit, they may skip preventative maintenance. However, doing this can lead to far more expensive costs for future repairs if part of the system fully breaks down.


We encourage all homeowners to keep up with regular HVAC maintenance to avoid a costly issue in the future.

The Consequences of Skipping HVAC Maintenance

Major Repairs

As referenced previously, skipping HVAC maintenance can lead to greater issues down the road. If you do not have your system inspected regularly, issues can go unnoticed for a long period of time. Eventually, these once fixable issues can cause major system problems, ultimately leading to high repair bills or even the need for a new system.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Going without regular HVAC maintenance can lead to indoor air quality issues.


Poor indoor air quality can affect your physical health and cause:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Eye irritation

  • Asthma

  • Skin rashes


If you’ve recently noticed that you’re suffering from these symptoms more than usual, it could be connected to your HVAC system.

Shortened Lifespan of the System

Routine maintenance is the best way to elongate the total lifespan of your HVAC system. A well maintained system can generally last for over 15 years. A poorly maintained system may last just 10 or so years before it completely breaks down.

More Expensive Electric Bills

If your HVAC system isn’t running efficiently, it will be reflected in your energy costs. A poorly maintained system will take more energy to run, ultimately leading to increased costs each month. Therefore, scheduling maintenance visits can actually save you money and decrease your monthly bills!

Safety Risks

Failure to maintain your HVAC system can actually put you and your family at risk of safety issues. If parts of the machine are malfunctioning or broken, it can lead to a gas or oil leak. You must call technicians in to inspect the system and ensure that your system is not leaking harmful chemicals on your property.

Preventative Maintenance is Key

While many homeowners are tempted to put off HVAC maintenance and deal with issues as they arrive, we hope that this information has swayed you to schedule a fall inspection of your HVAC system. Our team at Dependable Heating & Air have been working in heating and air since 1968, and we can say with certainty that preventative maintenance is the best – and least expensive – way to care for your HVAC system.

Request an Appointment with our Solano County HVAC Team Today

Our highly skilled and certified technicians are available to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming cold season. Don’t delay; contact our team today to set up a maintenance appointment. Do you have additional questions about your heating and air systems? Give us a call at (707) 247-2887.

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