Just as you perform regular check-ups for your car, your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system need a check-up too. When the HVAC system performs optimally, you can safely brace the extreme weather conditions. To maintain this optimal performance, you need to ensure technicians check it.
Therefore, it’s time to call for HVAC services for your system to be ready for the summer or winter months. While involving HVAC technicians, your system can have two maintenance procedures. One is the seasonal tune-up, and the other is the preventative maintenance.
You can perform preventative maintenance either once a month or every two months. During preventative maintenance, the technicians check on various HVAC for any possible defects by performing the following:
- Inspecting the wiring and electrical connections,
- Servicing electric heating strips,
- Checking fan motors and compressors,
- Inspecting the thermostat,
- Checking for any unusual noise or vibrations, and
- Inspecting the compressors and their operational pressures.
Seasonal Tune Up
On the other hand, you can schedule a seasonal tune-up occasionally. The proper times are during the spring and the fall. One of the reasons is these are the two seasons when your HVAC system is least in use. Seasonal tune-up allows the technicians to perform the following:
- Clean condenser, if necessary,
- Check compressor amp on startup,
- Lubricate fan motors,
- Check evaporator coil if it’s clean,
- Ensure condensate drain is clear and free-flowing, and
- Inspect relays, wiring, capacitors, and contacts.
A seasonal tune-up gives your HVAC system a healthy boost making it work at its optimum performance. Such an occasional healthy boost can be beneficial in the end.
You can read below a brief elaboration of some of the benefits.
Reduce The Risk Of Breakdown
By design, all mechanical equipment wears and tears over time. The same applies to your HVAC system. However, you can reduce the rate of wear and tear by scheduling a seasonal tune-up with your HVAC service company.
As a guideline, you can alternate the tuning between the heating system and the air conditioning system. This means you service the heater heading to winter and service the air conditioner heading into summer. Thus, the HVAC technicians can spot any potential damages before heavy use.
Lowers Energy Bills
A tune-up ensures your HVAC uses power efficiently by checking airflow, filters, motors, and coils. As a result, you can reduce the cost of energy bills as there won’t be any clogs or friction on moving parts that need extra power input.
Increase Your HVAC’s Lifespan
As mentioned, a tune-up ensures that there’s less friction between moving parts. In addition, it unblocks any vents and increases free flow through the system. As a result, the tune-up help reduce wear and tear and allows your system to last long.
At times, you may feel that the system is taking time to either cool or heat the room. It might be because you haven’t been servicing your HVAC system. When you do a regular tune-up, your system can be more efficient and provide the effect you need.
With efficiency also comes less energy consumption. This is because the system can attain the temperature you set on the thermostat more quickly and therefore cuts the amount of power it needs to run.
Prevents Extensive Repairs In The Future
Even though you may feel there’s an inconvenience with the frequent repairs, it goes into ensuring you don’t do a major overhaul in the future. For example, by lubricating the fan motors, you can prevent friction that completely breaks the motors down. As such, by regular lubrication, you avoid buying new fan motors.
A point to remember is that when you buy a new component, you may need to take down the whole system to replace the part. It can also increase your cost of repair by a big margin.
As you’re servicing your system when it’s less in use, it gives time to your HVAC service company to inspect its components. Further, the company can advise you on your system’s issues and provide quality solutions.
All this is possible as you’re not looking at the effects of long downtime of your system. That is, it won’t be too cold or too hot when the system is down.
- Improve Air Quality
Without checking your HVAC system, dust, mildew, and pollen can accumulate over time. Such a system can create humid air and can degrade the air quality. Such a situation can lead to respiratory problems.
However, when you do a seasonal tune-up, your system can circulate air properly and help improve indoor air quality.
You may wonder if it’s the right decision to do a seasonal check-up on your HVAC system. Well, with the list of benefits that come with a seasonal tune-up, it can be a good idea to schedule one.
It’s important to note that, sometimes, your HVAC manufacture may require proof of annual repairs and maintenance if your warranty covers annual repairs claim. Therefore, a seasonal tune-up may not be a high cost to you after all.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.