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Is the Tenant or Landlord Responsible for HVAC Maintenance?

Is the Tenant or Landlord Responsible for HVAC Maintenance?

September 19th, 2022


Whether you are the tenant inside a multi-family dwelling, the landlord, or the property manager, you might be wondering what exactly you’re financially liable for.

One of the reasons many residents in Acworth and the surrounding communities choose to rent, aside from affordability restricting buying for many, is that they don’t have to be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their home. And this absolutely does apply to your HVAC systems–your air conditioner and your heater.

The landlord or property manager would be the person financially responsible for the upkeep of your air conditioning and heating systems, meaning they should be responsible for maintaining it. Or rather, hiring a professional such as the Dayco staff to properly tune-up their tenants’ air conditioners and heating systems.

Investing in Maintenance When You’re a Landlord…

Maintenance helps improve home comfort, indoor air quality, and energy bills. But why should that matter for a landlord? After all, if you’re not the one benefiting from the maintenance, is it really going to make a difference if your tenants refuse it?

Maintenance does improve the comfort in the home as well as the air quality, but it does more than that. It prevents up to 85% of the repairs that a system may ever need in its lifetime, prolongs the equipment lifespan, and helps the system retain up to 95% of its original efficiency rating.

Efficiency benefits the occupants of the home, but the other benefits are advantageous for you, financially. Maintenance allows our technicians to catch problems early, before they have the chance to grow into much bigger, catastrophic issues that can be a lot more expensive. Also, maintenance reduces wear and tear on the system, so instead of replacing your multi-family HVAC units every 7-10 years, you can count on them lasting about 10-15 years instead.

Maintaining Your System As a Tenant…

Now, we just said that the landlord or property manager would be financially responsible for getting professional maintenance done for your HVAC system. But this doesn’t mean you’re completely off the hook if you’re a tenant reading this.

If you want to feel comfortable, and reduce your overall energy bills, you’ll want to take care of your system by changing the air filter every 1-3 months.

The air filter that comes standard in your HVAC system has a very important job, though it might not be what you think. People often think they’re in place to protect indoor air quality. While they don’t hurt air quality, their actual purpose is to protect the interior components of the HVAC systems themselves.

When the filters get too clogged up, it restricts airflow. When this occurs, the system will have to run longer to try to cool or heat your home, expending more energy than it should have to. This means not only will your indoor air quality have no help, but your air conditioner or heater won’t be able to effectively keep you and your family comfortable.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you might have, whether you’re in a rental property, you’re a homeowner, or you’re a landlord!

For professional multi-family HVAC service in Acworth, GA, contact Dayco Systems today!