An annual heating and cooling tune-up for your HVAC system can extend the life of your home comfort system. You’ll be able to change dirty filters and spot other problems that are impacting your efficiency. You’ll catch small issues that can be correctly easily and affordably. This can help you avoid unnecessary repairs and extend the life of your heating and cooling system. But, what does a regular HVAC tune-up include?
Here’s an Energy Star list of 6 maintenance items an HVAC professional should inspect or service with each tune-up:
- Check the thermostat settings
Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to ensure your home’s comfort system cools and heats the home efficiently. During a seasonal tune-up, the HVAC company should check your settings to make sure the system is heating or cooling as programmed.
- Inspect electrical connections and test voltage on system components
Broken, loose, or disconnected connections can mean your system isn’t operating properly, efficiently, or safely. This will increase you have a higher the risk of component failure in your home comfort system.
- Lubricate moving parts
Without the right amount of lubrication, the moving parts in your heating and cooling system will gain friction. This friction will cause not only cause the parts to wear out more quickly, it will cause a decrease in your system’s efficiency.
- Inspect the condensate drain
Proper drainage is needed for your home’s furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Clog and obstructed drains may be the cause of water damage, high humidity levels and possible mold or bacteria growth.
- Check system start-up and shutdown controls for proper operation
The startup and shutdown cycles for your home comfort system are usually based on the thermostat settings. These should be checked to make sure your system is operating properly and safely.
- Check, clean or replace the air filter
Checking and changing the air filter should be part of any regular heating and cooling tune up service. Most HVAC technicians are happy to show you how to perform this task as it’s essential for keeping our home comfort system in tip-top shape. Be sure to ask them while they are there if you don’t know how. We never mind a customer asking! Give us a call.