HVAC Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is critical to the performance and longevity of every HVAC system. Just like cars require oil changes to run properly, HVAC systems need tuning up to operate efficiently and add quality cooling/heating value to your home.
Regular service is important for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most significant is that routine maintenance will detect a problem before it becomes an expensive repair. The long and the short of it is that putting a little bit of money into HVAC preventative maintenance will likely generate long-term savings.
HVAC equipment and system types vary from home to home. Many newer homes are heated and cooled via a heat pump. Older homes may feature original baseboard or boiler systems. Homes built mid-century are oftentimes equipped with separate heating and cooling elements, like a furnace and air handler.
While every system is unique, one factor remains the same—all HVAC systems require maintenance.
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Why perform HVAC preventative maintenance?
There are many benefits, both related to comfort and cost, that come with performing regular HVAC maintenance tasks. From extending equipment life to reducing expensive repair costs, HVAC service is critical to the reliability and longevity of your system.
Reliable Performance: Service is recommended twice a year, once before heating season and again before cooling season. This ensures your system is in optimal condition before peak usage months.
Energy Savings: HVAC is one of the top energy expenses in homes. When the system is clean and properly maintained, energy bills go down while indoor comfort goes up.
Indoor Comfort: HVAC systems also impact the air we breathe. Regular maintenance flushes out accumulated allergens like dust, dirt, and pollen so that indoor air is cleaner and higher quality.
Cost Effective: The investment in HVAC preventative maintenance is minimal compared to expensive repairs and equipment replacements on systems that are not well maintained. In the bigger picture, the cost of a maintenance program will likely pay for itself.
Preventative Maintenance For Different Types Of HVAC Systems
All heating and cooling units require HVAC preventative maintenance, but it varies based on types of equipment running the system.
Heating & Cooling Split Systems
Split HVAC systems are great for regulating different temperatures in different parts of your home, making it a conveniently comfortable environment for all. Not only is this particular type of system more affordable than most other types of HVAC systems, but it’s also a great option for keeping everyone happy.
It’s important to conduct regular HVAC preventative maintenance checks in order for your split system to run efficiently, avoiding downtime and saving money in the long run. The best time to schedule a maintenance check is during a season change to transition smoothly between the different types of temperatures.
- Regularly check the exterior of your home to ensure that the system isn’t being blocked by leaves etc.
- Clean air filters every month
- Pay close attention to any possible leaks, strange noises, or odd smells coming from your split HVAC system.
Depending on your specific needs, you may want to consider a ductless air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer months. A preventative maintenance checklist applies to this type of system.
Keep it clean
Dust and debris can easily accumulate on the outside of your HVAC system. If they happen to make it into the operating pieces, it could cause major damage down the road. By using a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of your HVAC system, you could be saving plenty of money by adding years to your duct-free system.
Remember to also allow enough space around your cooling/heating system to avoid surrounding dust to end up in the operating system.
The filters will accumulate plenty of dust that could decrease your HVAC’s performance. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the filters every four to six months and replace the filters if you see any hints of damage.
Always clean the pipes
The pipes are an essential part of any duct-free HVAC system and can cause your cooling/heating system to run efficiently or not at all. When conducting HVAC preventative maintenance checks, always keep an eye on any leaks and dust that can block air from entering your home.
During the winter months, you may find snow accumulating on your duct-free HVAC system if left uncovered. Always remove this and keep your system covered as it could lead to expensive issues.
Similar to the traditional split system, the hybrid system allows for the heat pump to be electrically fueled instead of only gas. This particular heating system contains a furnace, evaporator coil, air ducts, thermostat, and a heat pump to conveniently cool the refrigerant when needed.
It’s always a good idea to have professional HVAC preventative maintenance checks on a complex system to avoid unnecessary damage.
Package Heating & Air Systems
When working with a tight space, choosing a packaged heating & air system is the best choice. Containing an evaporator, air conditioner/heat pump combination, fan coil, and a thermostat in one system, you’re able to enjoy the benefits of a heating/cooling system in a smaller package.
Remove any leaves/debris that may have fallen on top of the system outside. This could hinder your HVAC system’s performance, causing troubles down the line.
Replace the air filter
By adding new filters throughout the year, you’re able to ensure system efficiency and clean air entering your home.
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Reliable, Experienced HVAC Service
Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. understands that the comfort of your home and family relies on efficient, reliable heating and cooling equipment. Our technicians will make sure you understand every aspect of heating and cooling maintenance, as well as answer questions regarding performance, efficiency, comfort and any other concerns.
Let us show you how a simple preventative maintenance plan could be a good investment for you and your HVAC equipment.