Taking Care of Your HVAC Prevents Breakdowns and Cuts Energy Costs
Like automobiles, Raleigh HVAC systems need routine maintenance throughout the year. Industry studies conclusively demonstrate the benefits of preventive service. Regular tune-ups can eliminate up to 95 percent of HVAC repairs and emergency system replacements while saving you up to 40 percent on energy costs. HVAC maintenance offers homeowners other benefits as well. These systems are expensive, so you want yours to last as long as possible. Here’s how to ensure that your HVAC will go the distance:
Schedule Semi-annual Air Conditioner, Heat Pump and Furnace Maintenance
Furnaces and heat pumps should be serviced every fall before the weather cools off. Air conditioners should be serviced in spring before the weather warms up. Maintenance optimizes these units to provide maximum indoor comfort during the season to come. Service also primes your equipment for efficient operation to save you money on energy costs.
Understand the Importance of HVAC Preventive Maintenance
Maintenance gives your service technician the opportunity to identify and correct potential problems before they escalate into expensive repairs. Tune-ups include a thorough equipment cleaning to remove grunge that has collected over the past year. A clean HVAC unit performs efficiently, so maintenance reduces energy costs. A clean HVAC unit also keeps you more comfortable indoors. Grit and grunge on the unit overwork the system, and that creates unnecessary wear and tear that shortens the system’s lifespan. Dirt and grease can also interfere with proper system performance and damage your HVAC in the process.
Know What’s Involved in HVAC Tuneups
Besides inspecting and cleaning the unit, your service technician will check the thermostat, calibrate the controls, tighten the electrical connections and measure the voltage and current on the motors to ensure safe operation. Maintenance includes lubrication of all moving parts, checking the AC refrigerant level and adjusting the blower components to ensure proper air flow. Improper air flow can reduce system efficiency by up to 15 percent. Your tech will also clean the condensate drain line to prevent clogs and leaks as well as cleaning the condensate drain pan to prevent contaminants from collecting there and polluting your indoor air. If you have a furnace, your tech will check the oil or gas connections, fuel pressure and burner combustion as well as examining the heat exchanger for cracks and ensuring that there are no gas leaks or safety hazards.
Perform Routine Heating and Cooling Maintenance Tasks
In between HVAC service calls, you should check your furnace, heat pump and air conditioner filters every month. Make sure there are no clogs or dirty buildup that could obstruct air flow, pollute indoor air or damage the system. Filters usually need to be replaced or cleaned every 30 days, but yours may need changing more or less frequently. You should also make sure that the outdoor unit is on a level surface and that the area around the unit is clear of debris, leaves, twigs and foliage that might obstruct air flow.
To learn more about the importance of HVAC maintenance or to schedule a tune-up, visit Allen Kelly and Company or call us directly if you have questions.