Do you need to have an HVAC system maintenance check? You might have a system that’s only a year or two old. Or maybe you’ve had your system for a few years and it seems to be running just fine. Should you put forth the effort to have a maintenance checkup?
HVAC systems are similar to vehicles. Imagine that you bought a brand-new car, and you spent a lot of money on it. Would you ignore regular checkups and the service maintenance required? Probably not. If your vehicle is older and you want to keep it on the road and working efficiently longer, regular maintenance and checkups are musts.
It’s the same with an HVAC system. If you invested in a newer heating or cooling unit, you want to make sure it’s working efficiently, and that you’re getting value for the money you paid for it. If your HVAC system is nearing the end of its 10- to 15-year average lifespan, but you have no plans to buy a newer one, it is essential to get your older system serviced regularly.
What are the benefits of regular maintenance?
1 lower energy bills
2 fewer repair bills
3 avoid catastrophes
4 equipment lasts longer
5 better air quality
For a winter maintenance check, here are the areas a HVAC technician will review:
– Thermostat settings: The right thermostat settings help maintain a comfortable temperature while also saving energy.
– Electrical connections: If electrical connections are defective, they may damage HVAC equipment or make it hazardous to operate. Motors should have the correct voltage and current.
– Condensate drain: Should the condensate drain be plugged, it may lead to water damage, musty air due to mold 1, and increased humidity in the house.
– System controls: The controls work properly if the system starts, operates, and turns off normally. Malfunctioning system controls can become a safety issue.
– Heating elements or heat exchanger: If these get damaged, they could lead to problems with carbon monoxide.
– Moving parts: If moving parts are not properly lubricated, they can cause friction in the motors (which in turn results in greater energy use).
– Flue system: To make sure it is securely attached to the furnace.
– Clean air filter: A clean air filter is crucial for an efficient airflow indoors. Air filters should be cleaned or switched out regularly.
– Humidifier: For a humidifier to operate effectively, it must be clean and free from mold as well as debris.
– Belts and pulleys: Replace frayed belts and pulleys.
While you want to ensure you have an HVAC technician look over your system each spring and fall, there are some things you can do yourself to help keep your HVAC equipment operating efficiently throughout the year. Here are some additional tips on what to do and check as a homeowner.
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