The Dangers of Neglecting Your HVAC

Your HVAC Needs Attention

We rely on certain appliances throughout the home to keep our lives comfortable. The refrigerator, oven, bathtub, and dishwasher all make day-to-day activities easier. However, when it comes to keeping you truly comfortable, nothing compares to your HVAC.

Your HVAC has the power to heat or cool your home to the perfect temperature. Because they are typically out of sight, we often forget about our HVAC systems until something begins to go wrong. And even then, it can be easy to put off scheduling maintenance appointments. To do so could come with some major consequences, though.

Universal Home Experts is here to lead you through the risks involved with neglecting your HVAC and encourage you to seek professional help for your system.


The more obvious issue that can arise from an unmaintained system is breakdowns. While there are some warning signs you can look out for, a complete breakdown of your system can happen at any time if it has not been regularly maintained.

Save your HVAC by scheduling routine maintenance appointments for your system at least twice a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. These appointments will allow your technician to spot and fix any problems and catch potential problems before they can worsen.

If you’re noticing one or more of the following signs of failure, it’s time to call in the professionals as soon as possible:

  • No heat/air conditioning
  • Constant short cycling
  • Loud sounds coming from your system
  • Uneven heating and cooling
  • Leaks
  • Strange smells

Costly Repairs

You may be saving money now by not scheduling a maintenance appointment, but you’re costing yourself in the long run. As mentioned above, regular service appointments allow techs to catch problems sooner, meaning they will likely cost less to repair now.

As an HVAC system continues to run while experiencing issues, the cost of repairs will go up. These problems may even escalate to where you need to pay to replace your whole system.

A Shorter System Lifespan

HVAC systems are not meant to last forever, but they should be able to hang on for between 15-25 years if used properly and taken care of. The more you mistreat the system, the quicker it will wear out. Soon, you’ll be left with a new system bill that is far more expensive than routine maintenance appointments.

Health Hazards

A neglected HVAC also has an effect on your health. Your air filters are there to catch dirt, debris, and other contaminants before they can circulate throughout your home. If not changed, they become clogged and encourage an accumulation of dust and grime in your whole system. This increase in contaminants can worsen allergies and asthma and can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation as well as headaches.

HVAC Maintenance in Houston, TX

The Universal Home Experts team is prepared to get your HVAC system running like new again. Give us a call at (713) 364-0226 or contact us online to schedule an appointment, or to ask questions about your system.