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Home Systems That Should be Maintained Annually

Taking care of your home is more than cleaning it and slapping on a fresh coat of paint to increase curb appeal. What about the internal systems that keep your home comfortable and running smoothly? Systems such as your HVAC, plumbing, and water heater require regular maintenance and inspections to ensure your home's functioning correctly, avoiding the need for expensive future repair.

How Often Do These Systems Need to be Inspected?

Experts recommend inspecting your home systems annually. Every year your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems work hard to combat the changing seasons. Having them inspected will ensure you are confident your home will continue functioning correctly for the year ahead.

Why Each System Requires Yearly Maintenance


Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system works overtime for you and your family. During the colder months, the heating system constantly turns the cold air outside into warm air on the inside, providing comfort and relief from the frigid temperatures.

Opposite to heating, your air conditioning plays a huge role in your life as the external conditions begin to heat up. During the summer especially, your AC is working its hardest to pump the warm air over the cooling copper coils to provide refreshing relief from the overwhelming heat outside.

The only way heating and cooling can disperse throughout the home is through your ventilation system. The filters placed inside your home's return vent will catch dust and debris, preventing it from traveling through your system. However, air filters are commonly forgotten, which means the waste will eventually travel through the vents and cause clogs and build-up. For this reason, having your vents and ducts cleaned yearly is vital to provide optimal indoor air quality and reduce strain on your entire HVAC system.

When the clogs and build-up accumulate, your HVAC unit must work harder to pull the intended amount of air through the system. This extra strain will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system, causing your energy bill to skyrocket and the life of your system to deteriorate. Having a professional inspect your system annually will ensure they find minor problems as soon as possible, preventing future repairs or premature total HVAC replacement.

Water Heater

We don't think about our water heater until it stops working and we are forced to take a cold shower. It is important to have your water heater inspected annually for limescale and mineral build-up to avoid having to take an uncomfortable shower. If you do not have a water softening system installed, you most likely have hard water running through your plumbing system. Hard water means an accumulation of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your water. While this is not harmful to humans, it can be detrimental to your water heater.

When the hard water continually runs through your water heater, the minerals will begin to cause sediment on the bottom of your tank. When this happens, the build-up can block the coils from adequately heating the water, causing your water to take longer to heat and increasing energy and water bills.

If the build-up becomes too great, the entire water heater could cease functioning, meaning you will need to replace the whole system. If you have a trained professional inspect the system yearly, they will be able to clean the tank of all limescale and minerals. Ridding the tank of sediment will ensure your system works efficiently and avoid the need for significant repairs.

Leak Detection

Sometimes leaky pipes can remain hidden until the damage becomes too intense. If water is dripping between your walls, you may not notice it until the drywall begins to fail, your water bill increases, or you notice developing health problems. Small leaks can waste a lot of water, causing you to pay more monthly water bills. Aside from that, the moisture between the walls will cause the drywall to deteriorate and mold to grow. The growing mold will cause health issues from breathing in the harmful fumes. Additionally, the soggy drywall will become damaged and could require thousands of dollars in repair costs.

For these reasons, it is essential to have your pipes checked by a trained professional skilled in leak detection. They have equipment that can find small leaks or detect potential leaks before they happen.

At Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we understand the importance of yearly maintenance. Our highly-trained experts know how to properly inspect your systems, fix minor problems, and ensure your house continues to function smoothly. Give us a call to schedule an appointment! (714) 695-5566