Your home comfort system requires the same pampering like your car’s engine, so you would not be able to drive your car miles away without changing oil, and same is true with your HVAC system. To ensure peak performance and trouble-free operation, regular HVAC preventive maintenance must be done. It is also essential to have pre-season maintenance. System failure can be prevented with regular preventive maintenance especially in hot or cold weather conditions when you needed it the most, and at the same time keeping your electricity bill from getting out of control. As the famous saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure.”, so allow us to share some proven and effective tips to ensure that your HVAC system is in good working condition for constant comfort.
For your HVAC system that heats and cools, regular preventive maintenance must be performed during spring and fall. For your cooling system, conduct preventive maintenance at least one a year before the start of the cooling season. Before the heating season, it is best to perform preventive maintenance at least once a year for your furnace maintenance. Many HVAC dealers are providing priority service for their customers who have an annual maintenance or service agreement. The following tasks are performed by your local HVAC dealer for your outdoor units: inspection and cleaning of coil and cabinet; inspection of fan blades and fan motor for wear and damage, as well as lubrication of older models as needed; inspection of control box related to accessories and control, inspection of unit for appropriate refrigerant level and make adjustments as necessary; removal of leaves and cleaning of debris and dirt from inside cabinet; inspection of base pan for restricted drain openings and removal of obstructions as needed; connections and wirings (contractors, circuit boards, relays, sump heat and other accessories); checking of electrical parts and control box for wear or damage; and inspection of compressor and tubing for damage.
Experts recommend the following tips for cooling system preventive maintenance: drawing your drapes or blinds to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day; installing awnings over windows exposed to direct sunlight; setting thermostat as high as comfort will permit; making sure attics are adequately ventilated to prevent heat buildup; improving airflow by enlarging or adding vents; choosing light-colored roof shingles to reflect more heat of the sun; not using air conditioner unnecessarily during moderate weather; not running bath and kitchen exhaust fans longer than needed; and avoiding placing TV sets, lamps or other heat-producing devices and appliances beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. For heating and furnace maintenance you can locate the thermostat on the inside wall keeping it away from doors and windows, by setting the thermostat as low as comfort permits, and lowering the thermostat a degree or two when you have a large group of visitors.Getting Down To Basics with Services