Why do HVAC systems require tune-ups? It would be nice if they were as simple as a microwave, but they’re complicated devices. Even if your system is running well, a regular tune-up will keep it that way.
But what goes into a tune-up? Let’s unpack what happens when one of Ambient Edge’s techs takes a look at your system for its twice-yearly maintenance and how a tune-up can make your system last years longer and save on your energy bills.
What’s Done in a Tune-Up?
A technician should first ask you if you’ve noticed any changes in your system. Noise levels, smells, temperature changes, humidity, poor thermostat control, and anything else you’ve noticed can point the technician toward certain problems.
Some common tasks done in all HVAC tune-ups include:
- Checking all filters and replacing or washing them
- Checking if the fins are aligned correctly
- Checking the blower’s airflow to see if it’s moving enough air
- Checking the pressures of the system against manufacturer standards for optimum function
- Checking the burners of furnaces to check the crossover channels
- Checking for carbon monoxide
- Checking for air leaks
- Checking the operation of the thermostat
- Checking condensate drains for clogs
- Checking lubrication on moving parts
To help with your tune-up, make a list of anything you’ve noticed over your system since the last checkup, and clean up around the unit. Your visit will be quicker if the tech doesn’t have to move things away from the unit.
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What Causes HVAC Systems to Need Maintenance?
HVAC systems have many moving parts and components that need proper pressurization. Wear and tear of your HVAC is expected. Maintenance will keep that wear and tear from reaching a point that your system breaks or becomes inefficient.
In our service area, sand is also a big issue. Sand blown into your outside units can really cause a lot of wear on components. Dirty coils can make your system work much harder than it needs to cool or heat your home. This stresses the system and raises your energy bills.
Refrigerant leaks, even tiny ones, can completely wreck a system. In the beginning, your energy bills will rise because of efficiency losses. Then it won’t blow air as cold as you need. Finally, should enough of it leak out, the compressor will burn out because there’s no more gas.
Benefits of Tuning Up Your HVAC
By tuning up your HVAC system twice a year, you do more than prevent breakdowns. You’ll also:
- Save significantly on energy bills
- Extend the life of your system by years
- Make your home more environmentally friendly
- Feel confidence that you can rely on your system when there’s a heat wave or a sudden freeze
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Your Warranty May Require It
Finally, if you’ve bought a system recently with a warranty, you may be required to give your HVAC system a tune-up to keep the warranty. There are times when a new unit has a hidden problem. Maintenance can catch it early, and we can help you file a warranty claim. Speak with one of our techs for more information.