It is important to conduct regular maintenance in order to keep your HVAC equipment running smoothly, prevent future issues, and avoid unwanted expenses, Keep things running at peak performance with pre-season check-ups by your professional contractor, each year.
Contractors have two, very busy seasons – winter and summer and without ComfortGuard™ Monitoring Service HVAC equipment breakdowns are extremely difficult to predict. Therefore, it is best to have a contractor check your heating equipment in the fall and cooling equipment in the spring. Try to plan these equipment check-ups the same time each year; you can use the time changes as a flag to help remember.
An ideal HVAC maintenance check-up should inspect the following:
1. Thermostat Settings
Set your thermostat to keep you comfortable while you are at home and on a setting that saves energy when you are away. This ensures the most savings in terms of both energy and cost. Today’s advanced thermostats, like the SensiTM Wi-Fi Thermostat, make it even easier to adjust your settings – anytime, anywhere.
2. Electrical Connections
Your contractor will inspect electrical connections for continued safe and reliable operation of your HVAC equipment. Damaged connections may cause unsafe operation of your equipment and decrease the life of key components.
The equipment’s controls and starting cycle should be checked to ensure sure it starts, shuts off, and runs properly and safely.
4. Condensate Drain
The condensate drain in your heat pump, furnace, and air conditioner needs to be inspected and checked regularly. A plugged drain can lead to water damage in the home and also raise indoor levels of humidity
Even with semi-annual check-ups from contractors, issues can still arise with your HVAC equipment. Until now, you and your contractor could not have a real-time understanding of the internal workings of your equipment. The ComfortGuard Monitoring Service is now available to give you that peace of mind; running a 32-point inspection on your equipment, every time it runs. You are immediately alerted to any issues, so you can make an informed decision on necessary HVAC repairs.
As a homeowner, there are some steps you can do on your own to keep your equipment running at maximum efficiency. For instance, once a month: inspect, clean, and change the air filters in your central air conditioning, heat pump, or furnace. Your expert contractor will gladly show you how. A dirty air filter causes energy costs to rise, and puts more wear on your HVAC equipment by causing it to run for longer periods of time. See ‘How Often Should I Change My Filter’ for more detail.
Contact an HVAC professional to perform a complete inspection and routine maintenance every spring and fall in order to keep your equipment in good working order.