A Brief Guide to Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
Whether you’re in the dead of winter or in the scorching heat of summer, you need to have a well-functioning HVAC system to stay comfortable indoors.
Instead of taking your HVAC systems for granted like most building owners and only addressing issues when your system stops working, you need to take a proactive approach. If you weren’t aware, having a proper HVAC maintenance schedule can help you reduce your energy consumption by 10 to 20 percent, regardless of the weather outside.
Here, we’ve put together a brief guide to seasonal HVAC maintenance. We will go over the procedures you need to carry out seasonally to ensure that your system will work efficiently throughout the year.
When Should You Schedule Pre-Season Maintenance?
Pre-season HVAC inspections can help you uncover rust, leaks, and corroded electrical connections in your unit that may result in bigger equipment failures if you don’t address them right away. It serves as a preventive maintenance procedure that will guard your system against unexpected failures that may cost a lot down the road.
It’s advisable to plan your seasonal maintenance just before peak service call times because HVAC specialists tend to get quite busy when summer temperatures are at an all-time high or bone-chilling weather arrives.
What Does Seasonal HVAC Maintenance Include?
It’s worth noting that tasks like checking leaks in the refrigerant lines and replacing air filters should be performed many times a year, but there are a few tasks that only need to be done seasonally.
Depending on your agreement with your HVAC maintenance service specialist, they may carry out a complete system inspection that also includes cleaning of the equipment and its components. Remember to discuss what you’re getting in the season maintenance package with your technician beforehand.
In the summer, you need to turn off the water supply to the furnace humidifier and make sure the area around your air conditioning system is clear.During spring, you need to start getting your system ready for warmer weather to avoid last-minute checkups.
Around fall time, you need to inspect your attic’s insulation and get your heating unit ready for the colder months ahead. It’s also important to check the carbon monoxide detector’s battery during the winter.
Air conditioning maintenance proceduresmay include:
• Checking system controls
• Inspecting and cleaning coils
• Tightening electrical connections
• Replacing components that show signs of wear and tear
• Making sure all the moving parts are lubricated
• Checking all the blowers and fans and cleaning them
• Cleaning air filters or replacing them if needed
• Inspecting refrigerant lines and pressure
Gas furnace system maintenance procedures may include:
• Checking pipes for cracks or leaks
• Checking heat exchanger
• Inspecting and cleaning gas burners
• Examining the ignition switch
• Checking and cleaning flue
It goes without saying that taking proper care of your HVAC system and all its components will make it last much longer.Your HVAC system should meet all your desired indoor temperature preferences, regardless of the weather.