Although a change in the season provides property owners with the perfect opportunity to cut costs by opening windows and powering down HVAC units, the time to turn on the heat will be back soon enough.
Routine preventive maintenance carried out at least twice a year, will help your HVAC system keep up with the changing temperatures. However, neglecting this can significantly increase the chances of potential breakdowns, and no one wants to be left without sufficient heating during a cold day.
Although most modern heating systems require minimal maintenance, a quick service carried out by professionals can increase your systems’ lifespan. Besides, it also ensures that your HVAC system performs at peak efficiency at all times.
While it’s vital to hire the services of licensed professionals like us at Air Texas, some steps you can take include:
- Power Down – It’s important to power down all appliances before carrying out any maintenance. You need to wait for the blower to stop entirely.
- Filter Replacement – You need to replace your air filters at least once every three months. Dirty filters result in your HVAC system to work harder, which reduce its efficiency.
- Run A Sound Check – You can also carry out a basic sound check by turning on your unit, and inspecting it for unusual sounds lie rattling or banging.
- Look Out For Signs Of Moisture – Inspect your windows for moisture, and accumulation of dust and dirt on the vent pipe. They usually indicate improper operation.
- Assess The Temperature Of The Room – Inspect the temperature of your thermostat while your system is on and make sure that all rooms are reaching their full comfort potential.
You need to get in touch with a licensed HVAC technician if you discover excess moisture, unusual noises, or any other signs. Besides carrying out the standard pre-season maintenance, the technicians will also perform a few diagnostic procedures to ensure that everything is working as it should.
They will see to it that all parts are cleaned, drained, and lubricated, and ensure that the burner controls are working efficiently. Besides, routine inspections also ensure that your flue system doesn’t have any cracks or corrosion.
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Checking refrigerants and pressures
- Cleaning and inspecting the coils
- Cleaning and inspecting the fans and blowers
- Inspecting the control systems
- Tightening electrical connections
- Replacing parts that show signs of wear and tear
- Verifying operating temperatures
- Cleaning and replacing filters
The ducts are another critical components that shouldn’t be overlooked. Based on stats provided by the U.S Department of Energy, an average house loses roughly 20-30% of duct air. Poorly fitted ducts, holes, and leaks are the primary cause of this. Consider hiring a licensed technician to inspect your ductwork if you’re concerned about the quality of your indoor air. Once you complete your pre-season maintenance and the system is performing optimally, you can sit back and relax knowing that your HVAC unit will provide consistent heat throughout the season. For more information on pre-season maintenance of your heating system, get in touch with Air Texas at (210) 602-7181, or fill in this Contact Us form, and we will get back to your shortly.