Did You Know Dirt and Neglect Are the Top Causes of Heating and Cooling System Inefficiency and Failure?
A regular maintenance program will:
- Extend the life of your system
- Minimize future repair costs
- Assure continuous comfort
- Maximize efficiency by keeping utility costs as low as possible
- Meet manufacturer warranty requirements (insuring the best possible warranty coverage for your equipment)
Proper maintenance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems. Contractors get busy during summer and winter months, so it is best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. Plan the checkups around the beginning and end of daylight savings time each spring and fall.
Maintenance consists of:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure the heating and cooling system turns on and off at the programmed temperatures
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause your system to operate unsafely and reduce the life of major components.
- Lubricate moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use. Lack of lubrication can also cause equipment to wear out more quickly, requiring more frequent repairs or replacements.
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If plugged, the drain can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and breed bacteria and mold.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
- Inspect, clean, or change the air filter in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. We can show you how to do this yourself. Depending on your system, your filter may be located in the duct system versus the heating and cooling equipment itself.
Additional checks for heating systems:
- Inspect the flue piping for rust and any disconnections or evidence of back drafting.
- Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger. Improper burner operation can be caused by a dirty burner or a cracked heat exchanger – either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently. Leaking gas (or oil) connections are also a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems.
Additional check for air conditioning:
- Clean indoor and outdoor coils before warm weather starts. A dirty coil reduces the system's ability to cool your home and causes the system to run longer, increasing your energy costs and shortening the life of your equipment.
- Check your central air conditioners refrigerant charge and adjust it if necessary to make sure it meets manufacturer specifications. Too much or too little refrigerant charge can damage the compressor, reducing the life of your equipment and increasing costs.
- Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow. Proper airflow over the indoor coil is necessary for efficient equipment operation and reliability.
Now is the perfect time of year to be sure your heating and cooling equipment is running at peak performance with our annual maintenance and tune-up.
Choose between Standard Maintenance with one yearly visit—or Premium Maintenance with two yearly visits.