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Q: I hear commercials from plumbing and HVAC companies advertising a “check up” for my system. My system’s running fine and I think about the old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Why should I consider a check up when everything is working?

A: “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is a good saying. There’s another old saying. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That may be a better one to consider when determining the value of a check up on your system.

There are significant advantages to an annual maintenance check up on your system. One is that you will enter the season with peace of mind, knowing that your equipment is ready to handle the heat of summer or the cold in winter.

I heard the “get a check up” commercials when I lived in Phoenix. For the first couple years I ignored them. Until one day I came home from a four day vacation to discover the AC had gone out. In Phoenix, when your AC unit goes down in August, you go from cool as a cucumber to hot as a baked potato in minutes. It was so hot in my house the candles on the mantle went from standing perfectly straight to something bendy in a Salvador Dali painting.

After that brutally hot lesson, I scheduled a pre-season system check every April. They inspected my unit, cleaned the coils, checked the fans and blowers, insured the air ducts were clean and clear, made sure my coolant level was appropriate and looked for any potential problems. A couple times they found minor issues that would have been major expenses had I waited for something to break. The money I spent was worth every penny.

The same preventive approach makes sense for your plumbing system. Hiring a professional to inspect your pipes, drains, faucets and septic system can reveal existing problems you didn’t know you had and help prevent problems before they become real. And costly.

The experts at Sinclair are here to keep you cool and your water running freely. Give them a call today and schedule an appointment for some peace of mind. 806-749-COOL (2665)

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