What is Involved in HVAC Maintenance?
Have you been thinking about having some HVAC maintenance performed? While it may seem like a simple thing to do, there is more involved in it that some might think. In order to keep the air treatment systems running as they should it is important to have regular maintenance performed. This article will look at what is involved in HVAC maintenance and why it is important to have it performed.
Changing the air filter regularly
Wash your filter if you have an electrostatic filter
Remove debris from around the unit outside
Spray the unit down with a hose if it becomes dirty
Keep the inside registers unblocked by furniture or rugs
But there are other things that are a little more difficult for the average person to complete. Some of these require HVAC tune-up knowledge and tools that only an experienced can offer. Here is what should only be completed by a professional:
Tightening electrical connections – Loose connections are dangerous and can short out the entire unit causing damage.
Inspecting the condensate drain – AC units create condensation when they are running. This typically runs in to a drain outside, but sometimes these drains can become filled with sludge or debris and become blocked.
Air filter fit – Proper air filter fit is crucial to system operation, and we can also guide you on MERV ratings to ensure you are getting the best balance between air flow and filtration for your air quality needs.
Coil cleaning – While water on an outside hose is helpful, deep cleaning with coil cleaner can be needed on neglected systems. As for indoor coils, they may need to be deep cleaned when air flow has been impeded by dirt and debris, and that must be performed by a qualified technician.
Lubricate moving parts – High friction can cause units to overheat and break down. Lubricating the moving parts helps things move smoothly which decreases electricity use and lowers your energy bills.
Clean and adjust the blower – Issues with your blower can decrease equipment efficiency by up to 15%. When the blower is adjusted correctly you get proper airflow and perfect comfort.
Check the refrigerant (specific to AC units) – An overcharged air conditioner could lead to permanent damage needing expensive repair or replacement. If you have an undercharged system, that usually means there is a system leak. An experienced technician can check for this and repair any leaks that are found.
Check fuel lines (specific to heating units) – Poor gas or oil connections are a dangerous fire hazard which can also cause health problems. If fumes can escape into your home, you need the connections tightened to continue safe operation.
How Often Should I Have my HVAC System Serviced?
This is a question we get asked a lot. For the Los Angeles area we have year-round mild-to-hot and mostly dry. We’re in a Mediterranean climate, which is a type of dry subtropical climate. It is characterized by seasonal changes in rainfall—with a dry summer and a winter rainy season. For this reason, it is important to have your HVAC unit serviced at least twice a year. Trying to save money by annual maintenance is a false economy, because your unit is being used year-round.
How Much Does an HVAC Tune-up Cost?
There are quite a few factors that come into play for heat and air conditioning tune up costs, and can vary based on number of units and access. We are happy to provide more information upon request.
Why is there such a range in the price for a tune up you might ask?
If you see a contractor that is well below the average price, you should be careful. Low priced maintenance visits are generally used when HVAC companies want to just get a foot in the door. Once they are done inspecting your air conditioner or furnace, they have a list of “problems” and look to charge you for unnecessary repairs. Alternatively, super low prices can be a warning sign that you’re going to get scammed by dishonest techs or that you’re not going to get a quality maintenance visit.
Price isn’t the only thing you should have in mind when hiring a contractor. You’ll want to make sure that the HVAC contractor is bonded, licensed, and insured in the chance that something goes wrong.
So now you know what to look for, call (626-472-6464) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to schedule your maintenance and save yourself money.
Interested to find out more – check out our blog: 5 reasons why HVAC maintenance is important
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