Heating & Air Conditioning Maintenance

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Heating & Air Conditioning Maintenance2019-03-06T19:11:18+00:00
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CLUB GREEN

We have been taught to change the oil in our car every 3000 to 5000 miles. And to get our teeth cleaned twice a year. These industries have done a great job of promoting preventative maintenance. But did you know your heating and air conditioning system needs scheduled maintenance as well? Maintaining you equipment prevents untimely break downs and repair costs due to lack of maintenance. A maintenance program is also required by equipment manufacturers to keep your equipment warranty in effect.

AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE

  • Inspect & tighten all electrical connections
  • Check current draw on motors
  • Inspect and check safeties and controls
  • Check for air leaks around indoor equipment
  • Inspect indoor blower and motor
  • Check blower speed & airflow
  • Check temperature drop across evaporator coil
  • Install homeowner provided filter
  • Check refrigerant temperature & pressures
  • Inspect condensate pan
  • Check for obvious refrigerant leaks
  • Inspect indoor coil
  • Clean indoor coil
  • Flush condensate line
  • Check contractors & relays
  • Check run & Start capacitors
  • Check operation & condition of the compressor
  • Check thermostat operation

FURNACE SERVICES

  • Inspect & tighten all electrical connections
  • Check current draw on motors
  • Inspect and check safeties and controls
  • Check for air leaks around indoor equipment
  • Inspect indoor blower and motor
  • Test for Carbon Monoxide
  • Inspect Heat Exchanger
  • Install homeowner provided filter
  • Check refrigerant temperature & pressures
  • Inspect Pilot Assembly
  • Check for obvious refrigerant leaks
  • Inspect indoor coil
  • Clean indoor coil
  • Inspect & Adjust Burner
  • Inspect & Test Gas Valve
  • Inspect flue for cracks & obstructions
  • Check operation & condition of the compressor
  • Check thermostat operation
  • Inspect duct work
  • Inform customer of findings & recommendations
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RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following.

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

COOLING SPECIFIC

  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

HEATING SPECIFIC

  • Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.

ACTIONS TO DO YOURSELF

  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.tenance on your home’s heating & air conditioning system. Just like changing the oil in your car, your home’s total comfort system needs regular maintenance to keep it operating at peak efficiency & lower risk of failure.

Information courtesy of Energystar.gov