HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Your HVAC unit works hard to keep you comfortable during the sultry summer months and the chilly winter days in the East Bay Area. Just like any other system that you use a lot during the year, it requires regular maintenance to keep it running effectively and efficiently. You should have an HVAC contractor perform maintenance on your HVAC system in the fall and the spring. So what does maintenance entail? Here’s what you should expect an HVAC technician to do during a maintenance visit.
Inspection of HVAC Components
During routine maintenance, your technician should do the following:
- Check thermostats to ensure they are working properly and will keep you comfortable while you’re at home and save energy while you’re away.
- Check air filters and clean or replace them.
- Lubricate your system’s moving parts. Lack of lubrication can cause friction between motors and the parts, and an increase in energy consumption.
- Measure the current and voltage on all motors and tighten electrical connections. Faulty connections can make your system operate unsafely and shorten the lifespan of major equipment.
- Check the system controls to make sure they are working properly and safely. The technician will also check the equipment’s start cycle to make sure your system turns on, operates, and turns off properly.
- Check the condensate drain to ensure it isn’t clogged. A clogged condensate drain can lead to water damage and high humidity levels.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
If the technician is maintaining only the air conditioning part of your HVAC system, he will also do the following in addition to the routine maintenance procedures:
- Check the A/C refrigerant level and adjust it if necessary. Too little or excessive refrigerant will make your system operate inefficiently and reduce the lifespan of components.
- Clean condenser and evaporator coils. Dirty coils reduce your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home, and make the system run longer, reducing its efficiency and shortening the life of components.
- Clean blower components and adjust them to enhance airflow.
Heating System Maintenance
If the maintenance is specific to your heating system, you can expect the technician to perform the following tasks:
- Check all oil or gas connections, burner combustion, heat exchanger, and gas pressure. Improper connections are a fire and health hazard. A cracked heat exchanger or dirty burner hinders proper burner operation and can cause equipment to operate less efficiently and safely.
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