How We Perform Full Maintenance on Your HVAC System
For many homeowners, one of the most important services they can get on their heating and air conditioning systems is maintenance. Sure, repairs are necessary when you encounter a problem, but maintenance is imperative in keeping problems from occurring in the first place. While not all problems are preventable, maintenance can also keep existing problems from worsening and becoming an even more extensive, expensive problem.
When it comes to maintenance, there are a number of steps we take and then some vary depending on when you are performing the maintenance. There are also other factors to consider such as the type of heating service you have, whether your system is packaged or split, and more. Before you sign up for the maintenance service, tell us a bit about your system or we’ll come out to check it out and determine what is going to work best for you. Here are some of the basics regarding the maintenance we perform and how we help you get the most out of your system.
Before the Cooling Season
In the spring, your main focus of maintenance is going to be your air conditioning. There are a number of steps that need to be taken regardless of the type of system. For instance, the initial part of maintenance requires simply cleaning around the system, as well as the components inside in order to ensure nothing is blocking the air flow and nothing is causing a potential fire hazard. Cleaning leaves, dirt, debris, dust, and more does wonders for how well the system will work and how it is going to perform.
You will also want to be sure and check the refrigerant levels, the fan engine, and the fan blades. The refrigerant levels should be full in order to prevent it from running out when you’re using it. The fan engine helps to push the cool air into the home. Any damage to the engine and your fan won’t run as well, meaning the system works harder just to reach the desired temperature, costing you more money. If the fan blades are worn, you may want to replace the fan.
Be sure to clean the evaporator coil, which is the main component of the system inside the home.
Some other things to check your cooling system include:
- Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature that’s not too cold.
- Ensure proper ventilation to relieve heat buildup.
- Avoid unnecessary use of the air conditioner.
- Keep sunlight out of the home.
- Don’t run kitchen vents or bathroom exhausts longer than needed.
Before the Heating Season
During the fall season, you’ll want to prepare for the dreary winter by ensuring your heating unit is ready to go. Whether you use gas or electric furnaces, heat pumps, or a packaged system, it’s always important to ensure the heat is working correctly.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your heating is working is checking and replacing filters regularly. Filters help block out some of the dirt, bacteria, and other potential allergens trying to enter the home. When this debris builds up on the filter, it creates a layer which prevents the air flow from reaching the home. As such, the heater works harder to reach the desired temperature in the home, costing you more money and energy. Regularly cleaning or changing filters can help prevent this from occurring.
When checking the actual unit, ensure that the outdoor coils are cleaned when necessary and that the unit outside is not surrounded by clutter or foliage. Not only can debris enter the unit and cause internal problems, it also poses a fire risks due to the heat. Checking the fan belt for frays or cracks is also something that should be done. The fan belt should also be tight and securely in place so nothing comes lose and nothing stops the heat from entering the home.
Typically, you want to have a professional come out who knows what to look for and knows how to resolve any of the issues you may have.
Recommending a Fix
Maintenance doesn’t just mean checking the HVAC unit to ensure everything is in order. The biggest part of maintenance is identifying underlying problems and recommending the right repairs to fix them. In some cases, little issues are simple to fix as part of the maintenance. In many situations, the little issues that are encountered during the maintenance process have the potential to become bigger, most expensive problems that you need to fix. Maintenance often means catching these problems before they become too big and cost you more money than you want to spend.
If we notice a condenser coil going bad or an issue with the fan motor, we may recommend a fix that day that can get everything working. If the unit is beyond the point of repairs and maintenance suggests that it is appropriate, we may recommend a replacement unit prior to the heating or cooling season so you’re not left without heat or cold air. Regardless of the situation, maintenance allows you to identify any potential problems quickly so you’re prepared for the seasons rather than playing catchup and waiting for a fix at the most inconvenient times.
Why Maintenance Is Important
Maintenance for any HVAC system is very important for a number of reasons.
- Avoid late and costly repairs. Imagine a heat wave in the middle of the summer and you go to turn on your air conditioner, only to find that it isn’t working right. Now you have to call for an HVAC technician to come out and wait in what may be uncomfortable conditions until the proper repairs can be done. With maintenance, you tackle issues before they become an inconvenience.
- Save time and money. Utility bills are never a fun surprise, so you can imagine the shock when homeowners open an electric bill that is far higher than they are used to paying. Part of this could be due to an issue with their HVAC system. Maintenance gets rid of the small issues that often causes the system to work harder and use more energy.
- Never have to worry. Sure, the money savings are nice, but few things are more valuable than peace of mind. By performing maintenance, you won’t have to worry as much about unexpected issues arising. While not all problems are preventable—anything can happen with HVAC systems—maintenance gives you the best possible chance at staying on top of issues.
At Horizon Services, we are firm believers that tune-ups are the best option to keeping everything running as you want. Don’t let a sudden issue cause panic and concern. Whether you are getting maintenance services to prevent an issue or emergency services to repair an unexpected problem, you can always expect professionalism and care from our team. We make it a point to get the job done right. We also offer a money-back guarantee on system tune-ups. Inquire with our team today if you have questions or want to schedule your service.
Comfort is just a call away. Have peace of mind with a system tune-up from our HVAC experts. Contact us today to get started.