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What Should I Do to Maintain My HVAC System?

Arianne Large - Thursday, April 14, 2016
HVAC Technician Performing System Maintenance

Maintenance agreements sometimes get a bad rap. Why do people think they're an unnecessary add-on? The truth about HVAC maintenance is that it is a necessary part of keeping your system running right. Here's the scoop.

What Are the Benefits of HVAC Maintenance?

There are three main benefits you'll get from regular HVAC maintenance. They include:

  • Increased energy efficiency: this is a result of a system that runs smoothly and at peak performance, so it's not working overtime and using more energy to keep up with demand.
  • Longer equipment life: the better your system is running, the less wear and tear from daily use. The less wear and tear, the longer the equipment is going to last.
  • Reduced repair costs: regular maintenance cuts down on the potential for breakdowns by keeping the system clean, properly adjusted, and inspected for any issues that could impact performance and cause issues that require repair.

How Is My HVAC System Maintained?

Regular HVAC maintenance is done in the spring before you start using your air conditioning for the summer, and in the fall before you turn on the heat due to cooler weather. There is a standard checklist that covers most regular maintenance. Here are some of the basics from the list:

  • Change the air filter
  • Clean and inspect the condenser and evaporator coils
  • Inspect and clean the blower wheels
  • Check and adjust the refrigerant
  • Check and adjust the belts
  • Lubricate the motors and bearings
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat

Having an air conditioner that you can rely on during the hot summer months can help you keep your cool this summer. For everything you need to know about what a maintenance agreement can do for you, contact our team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.