There are many reasons why you should keep your heating and cooling system well-maintained. For instance, a properly maintained HVAC System could save you up to 30% on your energy bills. It prolongs the life of your HVAC equipment. But the most important reason may well be the fact that your health and well-being could depend on it.
For most people, their heating and cooling system is “out of sight, out of mind”. We don’t think much about the complex processes that keep us comfortable. But the fact is, your HVAC equipment is responsible for not only your home comfort, but your indoor air quality, as well. So it needs to function properly in order to help keep your home’s air clean, and your family healthy.
We call our preventative maintenance a “Planned Service Inspection Agreement”, because we believe that the best way to ensure good air quality and prevent future problems with your HVAC system is to plan for them! This kind of proactive approach often prevents the kind of repairs and breakdowns that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year.
To help homeowners stay on top of their furnace and air conditioning planned maintenance, we offer 3 different levels of Club Membership. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll get thorough inspections done by qualified technicians. These inspections are generally scheduled semi-annually (in spring and fall) to maintain peak efficiency, reduce utility bills, and prevent system failure.
During a scheduled maintenance visit, you can expect your technician to do the following:
- Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence where appropriate.
- Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
- Ensure proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
- Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates where appropriate.
- Clean and lubricate motors as required.
- Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
- Inspect, clean and balance blowers as required.
Certain inspections are specific to air conditioners, and other to furnaces. Spring is usually the time to have your technician check your A/C, and fall is the time to take care of your furnace.
Spring Visit (preparation for the summer season):
- Clean coils, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
- Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
- Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak. According to many equipment manufacturers, a 10% refrigerant loss will result in a 20% decrease in system efficiency!
Fall Visit (preparation for winter the season):
- Clean the burner assembly.
- Remove soot from fireside of burner.
- Clean and check operation of humidifier.
- Visually or with remote camera, inspect heat exchanger for cracks.
- Adjust air/fuel ratio of burner and perform combustion analysis. This fine-tunes the burner to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and optimum firing.
Maintenance for heat pumps is also important. For heat pump applications, winter season inspections repeat a number of the summer procedures plus several additional checks.
Planned maintenance visits offer a lot of benefits for you and your family. Not only do they keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently, they also improve indoor air quality so that you can breathe easier in your own home. And, maintenance visits usually pay for themselves through energy savings, making them a good investment in your home and your home comfort.
Ask us about preventative maintenance and what it can do for you. We can help you start saving money on your energy bills, and bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your system will keep you healthy and comfortable all year long.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC preventative maintenance and service and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.