HVAC Contractors and Services
There are numerous things you can do to keep your HVAC system in top shape throughout the year. By keeping an eye on these three areas you will find that you have very little maintenance issues to deal with. The three areas most important to check are: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, the cooling unit, and the furnace. The HVAC service schedule includes a thorough inspection performed by a certified HVAC technician every 12 months. He or she will visually inspect your heating system for potential leaks, missing parts, poor electrical connections, a faulty thermostat function, and inefficient air conditioning or heating.
The hot summer months bring different maintenance calls, including the cooling unit, filter, blower fan, ductwork and return air plenum. The air conditioning unit’s service plan should include routine maintenance checks such as belts, hoses, filters, air ducts and return air plenum. Seasonal maintenance includes inspections of the blower, evaporator, condenser, return air plenum and fan blades. There are also special service calls such as diagnosing an electrical problem, replacing burned out motors, testing for carbon monoxide, filling and repairing furnace bearings, inspecting exterior doors, chimney, flue and downspouts, checking attic fans and vent fans, and testing the insulation.
When it is time to have your HVAC system serviced, select a servicing company that is licensed, bonded, insured and offers a warranty on workmanship and parts. Many companies offer a warranty on the workmanship of their equipment. Make sure that your technician is fully trained on both heating and cooling systems. A service provider that offers the option of a complete HVAC system cleaning or a partial heating and cooling system cleaning is most beneficial. It is important to ask about warranties on specific components such as blowers, heat exchangers and heat pump elements.
Most HVAC providers offer some type of on-site personal or on-site maintenance and repairs. If your HVAC system is not properly maintained it can have adverse effects on the comfort and efficiency of your home. Air conditioning maintenance is especially important. HVAC repairs or maintenance can be costly and time consuming so it is important to save time and money whenever possible.
Some homeowners choose to self-service their HVAC system. However, if this is the case, it is important to be knowledgeable about how to operate the various equipment. HVAC maintenance includes cleaning, lubricating and testing, all of which should be completed annually. During your annual service plan, your service provider should address any issues or problems with the heating, ventilation, cooling, and appliance safety controls.
In addition to hiring a professional HVAC technician, homeowners should also contact a heating and cooling contractors for routine maintenance tasks. A number of heating and cooling contractors offer services that include duct cleaning, inspecting ducts, inspecting heaters, air conditioner filters, cleaning and repairing furnaces, air vents and fans, and testing the overall performance of the HVAC system. Many of these companies also provide emergency repairs as well.