By now, everybody understands how importance maintenance is for their car to continue running. Not everybody is aware the same principle applies to their HVAC system. Because the system is set in a basement or crawlspace with an outside unit, it’s just not something you see every day. Unfortunately, the part you see as to whether or not it’s working and providing warm or cold air does not mean it’s performing efficiently.
With a bit of maintenance your unit will function more efficiently. The immediate benefit is how it saves you money toward your power bill. The more important benefit is that it relieves stress on the system, allowing more years of usage before having to replace it. A third benefit is one you only notice after the maintenance work is completed, that of heating and cooling your building more efficiently, faster, and likely without a weird noise humming throughout the building.
Inspection and Cleaning
Inspection is the first step toward maintenance. A simple look at the unit can determine any obvious problems. A good way to do the inspection is with a thorough cleaning. The simple task of going through the parts and removing any dirt or grime that has built up can show a qualified technician if any HVAC repair is needed. He can also see if any parts are becoming worn and need replacement as a preventative measure.
Belts are a common problem area, but easily fixed. A misaligned or under tightened belt makes the entire system run less efficiently. That means money out of your pocket covers the slack by paying to run the system longer than needed to provide the same results. Even a mechanically inclined layman won’t know the specifications for belt adjustment, so it’s a job for a professional.
Any mechanical moving parts always need at least occasional lubrication. It’s such a simple aspect of machinery that can result in catastrophic failure if not performed regularly. Very much like belt adjustment, professionals know how and where the HVAC system needs lubrication. That’s why HVAC technicians are licensed, there are moving parts in places you’d probably never guess they might be. You can trust the professional does.
The main goal of HVAC is to provide clean, ventilated air at the right temperature. Nearly as important is to provide it efficiently so you aren’t overcharged. You can trust an ABEL Heating and Cooling Expert to allow for both of those goals.