The purpose of preventative maintenance is to keep your HVAC system up and running all season long with no surprise breakdowns, enabling you to begin the heating and cooling seasons with reliable and efficient service while operating at maximum efficiency. Plan to schedule your preventative maintenance twice a year: once in the spring for your cooling equipment and again in the fall for your heating equipment. This is also a good time for you to ask questions about your system and bring up other issues that might need to be checked.
Why is Preventative Maintenance so Important?
During your maintenance, one of our trained technicians will inspect and evaluate your unit and make any needed adjustments and repairs. Some benefits of regular maintenance are immediate while others prevent future problems from developing. Some of the most prominent benefits include:
Fewer Repairs: Calling for a tune-up right away when you notice anything out of the ordinary could help catch problems before they become disastrous. For example, a fraying belt could result in strange operating noises. If a technician replaces it in time, you can avoid the expensive repair that results from a snapped belt whipping around inside. By preventing future repairs, regular maintenance pays for itself.
Safer Equipment Operation: A failing HVAC system does more than cost a lot of money to repair; it also can endanger your family. For example, if the furnace develops a crack in the heat exchanger, carbon monoxide gas can escape and poison the air you breathe. Also, electric HVAC systems can develop a short circuit, which is a serious fire hazard if ignored.
Longer Equipment Life: Air conditioners, furnaces and other HVAC equipment function best when they’re regularly serviced and cleaned. One malfunctioning part can cause a domino effect that causes the entire system to break down. Regular maintenance prevents this from happening and adds years to your equipment’s lifespan.
Lower Energy Bills: You might think that since the equipment seams to be heating or cooling your home without any apparent problem that everything is fine. A neglected system slowly loses its ability to keep your home comfortable at the same level of efficiency it once did. Your HVAC system consumes less energy after receiving professional maintenance.
Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Your Self
Plan to perform a few maintenance tasks of your own between your preventative maintenance visits. The following tasks help keep your equipment running smoothly until the next visit with our trained service technician:
- Check filter every month. Some units have an indicator light that is on a timer to help remind you to check your filter.
- Remove debris from around the outdoor unit.
- Hose down the outdoor unit when dirt begins to accumulate on it.
- Trim back foliage to at least 18 inches from the outdoor unit.
- Keep supply and return registers unblocked by drapes, rugs or furniture.
Maintenance Tasks You Should Leave To Our Trained Technicians
Many homeowners wonder why they can’t just complete a preventative maintenance themselves. The fact is a thorough maintenance requires skills, tools and knowledge that only trained HVAC technicians can deliver. Here’s what to expect when our trained service technicians come to your home to perform a preventative maintenance.
- Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Clean and adjust dampers
- Inspect area around air intake
- Ensure proper airflow
- Check for dirty air filters and confirm proper filter size
- Check duct system condition
- Verify correct refrigerant charge by measurement
- Inspect electric terminals, check for loose or corroded connections and, if necessary, clean and tighten connections, and apply non-conductive coating
- Verify correct electric control, making sure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
- Check heat strip amps
- Lubricate all motors and non-sealed moving parts
- Clean and adjust the blower
- Inspect fan, bearings and belts for tightness and wear
- Test thermostat to make sure it’s cycling the system on and off properly
- Check the condensation system to ensure proper drainage; treat pan if necessary.
- Straighten fins on your outdoor unit for efficient operation.
- Clean interior of unit & removal of leaves
- Check operation of defrost board (heat pump)
- Inspect the gas piping, Inspect flue vent, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger
- Check fuel line connections
- Clean and inspect the evaporator and condenser coils for dirt and other obstructions
Depending on what type of system, there may be other required items that need to be checked. Extra costs may apply for deep cleanings on your HVAC systems.
Preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is something you should take very seriously, whether you want to save money, protect your family, improve efficiency or prevent a mid-season breakdown.
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