Take a look around your house. What issues are begging for your attention? Many of us focus on the highly visible problems — a leaky faucet, for example, or a damaged window screen — and fail to notice our home’s hidden maintenance needs.
One commonly overlooked system is the heating and cooling equipment that keeps our living spaces comfortable through hot summers and cold winters. When it’s functioning well, we barely give it a thought. But when it starts to malfunction, it definitely gets our attention — and often results in costly repairs or replacements.
This is why it’s so important to schedule regular tune ups of your HVAC system. To keep your system running at peak efficiency, schedule a tune up of your cooling system in the spring and your heating system in the fall. Consider these appointments an investment in your HVAC equipment that will pay off with improved efficiency and a longer life for your heating and cooling system.
What to expect during the tune up
Remember, proper maintenance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent problems with your HVAC equipment. Here’s an overview of what your technician will do during your appointment:
- Check your thermostat settings to ensure that your heating and cooling system turns on and off at the programmed temperatures.
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause your system to operate unsafely and reduce the life of major components.
- Lubricate moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use. Lack of lubrication can also cause equipment to wear out more quickly, requiring more frequent repairs or replacements.
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If plugged, the drain can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels and breed bacteria and mold.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation. Your technician will check the starting cycle of the equipment to ensure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
- Inspect, clean or change the air filter in your central air conditioner or heat pump. Your technician can show you how to do this yourself. Depending on your system, your filter may be located in the duct system rather than the heating and cooling equipment itself.
In addition, your technician will perform system-specific maintenance (heating or cooling) depending on the time of year and which system is being serviced.
Minimal effort, maximum results
In addition to scheduling HVAC maintenance tune ups, don’t forget to change your air filter regularly — at least once every three months. It’s a simple, easy way for you to prolong the life of your HVAC equipment. A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, which can lead to expensive maintenance and even early system failure. Don’t let that happen to you. Check your filter every month, especially during the summer and winter months, when use tends to be heavier. A few minutes of your time every month will pay off in a well-maintained system that should function efficiently for years.
Ready to schedule your HVAC tune up? You may qualify for up to a $60 rebate on the tune up of an existing central air conditioner, heat pump or geothermal system. Visit http://energysavepa-home.com/hvac/residential-hvac or call 1-866-498-1409 to learn more!