Importance of HVAC Maintenance Plans
Regular preventative maintenance ensures that your HVAC system keeps running at its peak efficiency, avoiding future costly repairs. An HVAC maintenance plan will help you to detect and fix problems within your HVAC system before they become a major issue. These potential problems include rust, corrosion, frayed wires, leaks as well as corrosion of electrical contacts. Certain components within an HVAC system require immediate attention upon irregular operation. Some common problems that can be avoided with regular maintenance include:
- Condenser coils that become clogged by dust, dirt, pollen or other debris will lose their ability to pull heat from your system. This causes the compressor to pull higher amps, increasing your electricity costs.
- Evaporator coils, which deliver conditioned air into your home, can become starved for air by a dirty filter or dirty evaporator coils. Each evaporator coil must receive a specific volume of air to ensure their adequate operation.
Your HVAC system should be maintained at least once per year to ensure that the unit is operating at its full potential. With an HVAC maintenance plan, a qualified HVAC professional will make seasonal visits to your home to tune up your HVAC system. Regular maintenance has many benefits including:
- Lower total operating and maintenance costs with fewer disruptions
- Your HVAC system will last longer
- Potential problems are corrected before equipment failures
- A properly maintained HVAC system won’t leak harmful carbon monoxide
- Ensures that you and your family will be comfortable year round, no matter what the weather looks like outside
There are many components that must be checked and maintained depending on the season as well as your specific HVAC system. Below is a basic list of what should be checked during your scheduled HVAC maintenance. Depending on the type of HVAC system you have, there might be other items that must be checked.
- Inspect and adjust thermostat
- Inspect evaporator conditions
- Install gauges and check operation if needed
- Clean and adjust all safety controls
- Clean burners and controls
- Clean and adjust pilot assembly
- Adjust burner for efficiency
- Check for gas leaks
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect fan controls and ignition start up
- Inspect temperature rise
- Inspect all wire connections and electrical parts
- Inspect condensate trap and drain lines
- Inspect outside condensing coil and condition
- Inspect all ductwork and design
- Inspect and change filters as necessary
- Inspect belt and tension if needed
- Inspect for proper refrigerant charge and possible leaks
- Inspect compressor amperage and voltage
- Inspect and clean primary condensate drain lines
- Inspect blower wheel and conditions
A preventative HVAC maintenance plan is the very best option to avoid future costly repairs and premature replacement of your HVAC system. Contact Blanton’s Air today to take advantage of the many benefits that an HVAC maintenance plan can offer.