Maintaining your HVAC systems is important, as most recognize. With a well-maintained HVAC system comes a lot of advantages. Some benefits include a lower energy bill, needing fewer repairs, a significantly reduced risk of having catastrophic breakdowns, longer lifespan for the equipment and units, more efficient performance, and safer equipment operation, among others. When it comes to proper maintenance, there are some tasks required of the owner and other tasks that the professional takes care of. Today, we at Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like to share what homeowners should be doing and what professional take care of in way of maintenance for their HVAC system.
DIY HVAC Maintenance
In the spring, be sure to plan a professional cooling system maintenance and in the fall, schedule the heating system maintenance. Even if you have a heat pump that is designed to operate all year, you should be getting professional maintenance every six months. To keep your equipment running smoothly, perform the following steps throughout the year:
1) Once a month, change the air filter. A clogged air filter prohibits airflow, which can affect your overall system. Some units and/or thermostats can notify you when the filters need to be changed, otherwise be sure to remind yourself in one way or another so you do not forget.
2) Remove the debris and cutback the vegetation at least 18 inches away from around your outdoor unit.
3) When you notice a layer of dust, be sure to hose down the unit.
4) Ensure the supply and return registers are blocked by clutter, furniture, curtains, or rugs.
What is Involved with Professional HVAC Maintenance
Without the right tools, skills, and knowledge; tune-ups and other more intensive maintenance is better left to the licensed professionals. Below is the basics professionals perform during their annual tune-ups.
Thermostat Calibration: To ensure comfort in every season the thermostat needs to be calibrated correctly. A programmable or Smart thermostat is beneficial to adjust to day-to-day needs.
Electrical Connections: Inefficient performance and dangerous circumstances are the result of loose connection which will also lead to shortening the lifespan of the units.
Lubricate Moving Components: Too much friction can be harsh on the systems, lubricating the necessary parts is essential to avoid damage that can occur from getting overheated. Lubrication helps parts move smoothly against one another while also decreasing the use of electricity, reflecting on your bills.
Cleaning Condensate Drain: When cooling units and condensing furnaces function, they produce condensation. The condensate collects in a pan and drains away to the outside, however, over time, buildup can cause obstructions that block the drain pipe. The drain pan may overflow and cause water damage to the system and/or your home. The professional checks the drains and cleans them.
System Controls: The start cycle, operation and shut-off sequence are specific. During the tune-up the technicians ensures they are correct.
Blower Operation: An insufficient blower can impact the efficiency up to 15%, during the inspection and tune-up the technician ensures it is operating fully.
Cleaning Evaporator & Condenser Coils (Cooling Specific): Coils caked in dirt and debris cannot function properly. Cleaning the coils is a major part of the HVAC system tune-up to make sure it is functioning accordingly and not impacting the energy bill.
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Additionally, the refrigerant charge for the cooling system, the fuel line connections from the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger heating system, are all checked for efficiency, safety, and performance. If you haven’t gotten your heating system tuned-up be sure you get that done sooner than later. Call Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning today for your heating system tune-up service.