HVAC Maintenance: Tips to Keep Your Equipment Running
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Your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems heat and cool your home, and maintain air quality. To maintain your comfort and make sure your system is working at maximum energy efficiency, you should have your system serviced regularly by certified technicians. Choose NATE certified contractors, and preferably members of ACCA – the American Air Conditioning Contractors Association. Having your HVAC equipment maintained by certified professionals is the key to energy savings, comfort and peace of mind. That’s because they’re trained in the latest techniques and technologies for energy efficiency and comfort.
Avoid Costly Repairs, Failure and Replacement
Aside from comfort and energy efficiency, it’s important to maintain HVAC equipment at all times to increase the lifespan of the equipment, avoid system failures during hot or cold seasons and reduce the likelihood of costly for repairs.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
During your regular HVAC system maintenance, have your certified HVAC expert check the following:
- Check that the system starts properly operates well and shuts down safely.
- Inspect the unit for proper refrigeration and adjust when necessary.
- Inspect the gas furnace for gas leaks, pressure and combustion to prevent fire hazards.
- Lubricate all moving parts to avoid friction (and save on your electricity bill).
- Inspect the control box, wiring and connections, and measure the voltage and current on motors.
- Listen for any abnormal noises when the system is running.
- Check the ventilation system to ensure that it is running properly.
- Monitor system specialization according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Check thermostat settings and adjust them depending on your comfort.
In addition, it is important to clean the air conditioning evaporator and condenser to allow for proper cooling and to increase the life of the equipment. Cleaning and adjustment is performed on the blowers so that clean and dust-free air circulates well within the rooms. Air filters in the central air conditioner, furnace and heat pumps should also be cleaned or replaced regularly to avoid damage of the equipment and reduce energy costs.
In Case of System Failure
In case your HVAC system suddenly fails, troubleshooting by a certified technician will help to restore it back to normal. Your HVAC professional should check the breaker, disconnect it and ensure that the correct amount of power is supplied. They will check the evaporator and condenser fan motors and power circuits for grounds and shorts. If the power supply is functioning correctly, they must ensure that the thermostat is turned on and there is power control to it. Your HVAC professional should be able to find the problem and provide a solution.
Of course no one wants to be without heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. The key to reducing system failure is regular maintenance. Ask your local Building Energy Pros affiliate about their HVAC maintenance package.
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