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What Preventative Maintenance Should Be Performed on My System?

Arianne Large - Friday, January 15, 2016
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Maintenance agreements get a bad rap. People are skeptical of the real need for regular maintenance and think they’re just getting up-sold on something that doesn’t have value. To help change the way you might think about maintenance agreements, let’s take a look at preventative maintenance, what it is, why it’s important, and what actually gets done.

What in the World Is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance for your HVAC system generally consists of twice yearly service visits to check, inspect, clean, and adjust your heating and cooling system.

Why Oh Why Is Regular Maintenance Important?

We know how to maintain our cars, which are vital to our lives, but what about our heating and cooling systems? They’re just as important, but they just don’t get the same amount of love. The truth about HVAC maintenance is that it is really important, but only if you want to have an effective and efficient system, a long life for the equipment, and insurance against midnight breakdowns because of preventable problems.

What Do They Do when They Perform Regular Maintenance?

There is a long checklist that your HVAC technician will go through during your spring and fall service call. It’s comprehensive to make sure your system is running right, is energy efficient, and that any small problems can be caught and repaired before they become big issues.

Here’s a quick list of just some of what gets done during fall service:

  • Examine heat exchanger for cracks or deterioration
  • Inspect air filters
  • Clean and adjust burner assembly
  • Check and adjust fan switch
  • Check safety controls
  • Inspect blower components
  • Test and calibrate thermostat
  • Secure loose panels
  • Inspect fuel pipe

Regular maintenance for your HVAC system can save you money, not only on costly and preventable repairs, but it can also make your system more energy efficient, and extend the life of the equipment. For more information on maintenance agreements and what they can do for you, contact the team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.