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What You Can Expect with HVAC Checkup Maintenance
The HVAC system in your home is responsible for heating, cooling, and air circulation. That makes it one of the most important features of a healthy and comfortable home. During the blazing-hot summers and freezing-cold winters, nothing could be more inconvenient than a failure of any part of your HVAC system.
Of course, the hottest and coldest days of the year are exactly when your HVAC system is most likely to suffer a breakdown—those are the days when your equipment is working its hardest. They’re also the days when it will be most difficult to get a technician to come over and perform a repair for you. After all, the days of extreme weather are exactly when HVAC technicians are at their busiest.
That’s why it’s important to have regular HVAC checkup maintenance. As with any mechanical system, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and regular maintenance during the off-season can save you a headache later.
There are a few things you can do yourself to make sure your HVAC system is in good working order, but periodically, it’s also important to get a professional in there to take a look. They’ll be able to repair and replace parts that aren’t working. Needless to say, your HVAC system is a large and sophisticated one, and maintenance can often be exhaustive. Here’s what you can expect when you call an HVAC company like Entek Corporation to checkup on your heating and cooling system:
Testing the Parts of Your System
Your HVAC technician will begin their job by testing the different parts of your HVAC system. While there isn’t necessarily an order for them to work in, it’s likely they’ll begin by testing the different elements of your HVAC system, electronic and otherwise.
Checking the thermostat is usually going to be high up on the checklist for an HVAC inspection. That’s because, even if everything else is in perfect working order, a malfunctioning thermostat can make for a very uncomfortable home. Your technician will run a diagnostic on the thermostat to ensure it’s reading the temperatures correctly and starting or stopping your air conditioning when it’s supposed to.
Your HVAC system also makes use of a compressor—this is the device that draws air in and cools it—and your technician will need to make sure that’s running properly. They’ll inspect the HVAC system to see if it’s drawing the correct amount of power. Often, when a compressor fails, rendering the home unable to be air-conditioned, it’s due to its electrical component shutting down because it was drawing too much power.
The technician will also check to see if the capacitor in your compressor is working properly. This is what stops and starts the fan in your HVAC system, so it’s another element that must be functioning properly.
When your air conditioning is working, it’s because it has been cooled by a refrigerant. The refrigerant levels will deplete over time, and if they get to be too low, the system will not be able to cool your home properly. During HVAC checkup maintenance, a technician will look at the refrigerant levels in the air conditioner and refill them as needed.
The Safety Features
A large, complex system like an air conditioning unit or heater must have multiple fail-safes in place to prevent dangers such as a fire. For example, your heater is likely to have an automatic shutdown in place if it gets too hot, mitigating the risk of the unit catching fire and threatening to damage the home. Your HVAC technician will perform a checkup of all the unit’s safety features, making sure they are all in good working order. The technician will also make recommendations for any necessary repairs or replacements.
Cleaning and Inspection
Often, when an HVAC system isn’t working at full capacity, it’s simply because there’s a leak somewhere in the ducts. If hot or cold air seeps out and can’t be transported to the rooms in your home, you’ll find that you’re uncomfortable no matter what you set the thermostat to. Or, on the other hand, you’ll discover that your electric bill has skyrocketed, even though you didn’t feel like you ran the air conditioning that much.
This could all be due to leaky ducts, so your technician will do an inspection of the ducts to ensure there is no leakage. They may also do a thorough cleaning; the ducts and crawlspaces are where dust and dirt tend to build up over time.
Replacing Outdated Equipment
A good-quality HVAC system has a long lifetime, assuming it’s properly maintained and cared for. With the right maintenance, the equipment that heats and cools your home can last for decades. However, eventually, it will become necessary to replace aged or outdated equipment. Your HVAC technician will make recommendations on this. They’ll tell you if any part of your system is in need of an upgrade; in many cases, upgrading an old and outmoded piece of technology can actually save you a great deal of money.
Modern HVAC systems are far more energy efficient than their predecessors, meaning that over the lifetime of the system, you can save thousands of dollars if you choose to upgrade.
Finding a Good HVAC Technician
As we’ve mentioned, proper HVAC maintenance can save you a lot of money, not to mention stress and headache, but it all depends on two things.
Number one: that you are diligent in having HVAC checkup maintenance performed.
Number two: that you get the best technician you can find.
You’ll need to find an HVAC company that has highly trained, experienced, and certified technicians who won’t cut corners. Entek Corporation is a great example of such a company. With us, you can be sure that no corners are cut and that your heating and air conditioning will function effectively, even during the harshest weather of the year.