OK, so this isn’t the first time I’ve written about this subject but it seems like it’s the gift that keeps on giving. You’ve probably heard the advantages of regular maintenance on your heating and air conditioning system; better energy efficiency, improved heating and cooling capacity, prolonged equipment life, less emergency repairs, etc. All true. But is it really worth the $200 or so dollars annually for a typical system? In the past few months, I’ve seen some great reasons for getting a regular program started. Typically, people I talk to that have done little or no maintenance on their comfort system are beginning to see nuisance repairs before the equipment is approaching ten years. The average, well-maintained system should last 15-18 years or more. The other problem with older systems, besides the repair costs, is that most utilize R-22 refrigerant which is no longer being made and has become very expensive to purchase. Additionally, we’ve found that once an R-22 system has been worked on, the odds for additional failures increases. This is because when the system has been breeched, it is very difficult to remove all excess moisture which can then cause future problems down the road. Most systems that have received semi-annual or annual maintenance check-ups can reduce the number of early repairs, thus adding to the useful life of the equipment. Finally, with the harsh winter weather that has been hitting us the past few weeks, a clean, efficiently running heating system can provide piece of mind that you’ll stay warm despite the frigid outdoor temps. Therefore, the expense of the maintenance becomes an investment in the lifespan of your equipment. If you can add an extra year or two, then it was well worth it just for that reason alone. Goodco has the right plan you and your home comfort system. We have nearly one thousand regular residential customers with ongoing maintenance agreements with us. Join them to see the value of being preventive.