If you live in a state with some extreme weather, it’s important to keep your HVAC unit well maintained. The last thing you want is to find out that your air conditioner is broken on a sweltering, humid day. You might be tempted to focus solely on your air conditioner before the summer starts; however, you should maintain your HVAC system all year long.
If you’ve ever asked yourself why you need HVAC maintenance or if it’s needed year-round, read on.
Why you should maintain your HVAC unit
Like any piece of machinery, your heater and air conditioner need regular maintenance to run properly. Dust and debris can collect in machinery and ductwork. Moving parts need to be lubricated. Motors and electronic components can wear out—and that’s just the beginning. If you want to guarantee excellent performance from your heater and air conditioner, you should plan to schedule two inspections per year.
When scheduling HVAC maintenance, it’s wise to do so before you start using your heater and air conditioner for the year. This is usually in summer and fall, although it can depend on which state you live in. Scheduling maintenance this way ensures that any problems are identified and fixed before it becomes an uncomfortable emergency.
Best of all, maintaining your HVAC unit year-round means that you’ll enjoy more efficient operations, which can translate into utility savings and a long-lasting HVAC system.
What happens during HVAC maintenance?
Now that you know why you need HVAC maintenance, here’s a brief overview of what your HVAC contractor will do or check during your twice-yearly calls:
- Check controls and thermostat: The controls and thermostat are checked to make sure that they’re operating properly. This may involve calibrating your thermostat to ensure that the temperature is accurate.
- Clean coils and tubes: Coils can get quite dirty and tubes may clog, which interferes with efficient operation. Dirty coils make it harder for heat transfer to occur, and clogged lines or tubes can interfere with drainage.
- Change filters: You should be changing your air filters every one to three months—but if you haven’t done so lately, your contractor will do it for you.
- Clean fans and ductwork: Dirty fans and ductwork make it harder for your HVAC system to circulate clean, heated or cooled air. Your contractor will make sure the fans can run easily and that there aren’t any issues with the ductwork.
- Lubricate moving parts: Motors and other moving parts require lubrication to operate properly. Otherwise, they may overheat and cause the entire unit to fail.
- Inspect electronic or electric components: Finally, your contractor will inspect the wiring and electronic components to ensure they’re functioning normally.
Now that you know why you need HVAC maintenance, be sure to call Kenny’s Air Conditioning & Heating Services, Inc. for your twice-yearly maintenance appointments. Our team will be happy to make sure that your HVAC unit is operating efficiently and repair any issues that may arise. Call today to get started.
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