What Does Preventive Maintenance Really Mean?
Your heating and cooling system works hard throughout the year to maintain a comfortable indoor environment for your family. Regardless of whether it’s warm or cold outside, space conditioning allows you to accurately control the temperature and humidity in your home. Over time, this continuous function can take its toll on your HVAC system, leading to wear and tear that affects its working components. While many homeowners simply wait until a problem occurs to call for HVAC repair, there is an easier and more cost-effective way to care for your HVAC system. Preventive maintenance through a program such as our home service plans allows your HVAC system to remain under the watchful eye of a heating and cooling professional in Folsom, CA. By taking proactive steps to clean, maintain, and check your HVAC system twice a year, our home service plans can reduce the overall operating cost of your furnace and air conditioner, and even help you avoid major heating and cooling breakdowns throughout the lifetime of your system.
Keeping Your HVAC System Clean
Preventive maintenance starts with keeping your HVAC system clean. Many of the most common HVAC and indoor air quality problems are associated with the buildup of dirt, dust, and other particles on your HVAC appliances, inside your ducts, and throughout your home. Changing your furnace filter regularly is a good first step toward keeping your HVAC system clean; your service technician will perform this task as necessary during your biannual tune-ups, and can also provide you with the tips and information you need to change the filter between service visits. However, this filter is not 100% effective at keeping your furnace, air conditioner, and ducts clean. Over time, some dirt and other particles will settle inside the system, diminishing its efficiency and affecting the quality of your indoor air. During service maintenance visits, your technician will inspect and clean every component of your HVAC system, including the elements you can’t or shouldn’t clean yourself. This service means your furnace and air conditioner will be restored to like-new condition twice a year, offering an amazing boost to the system’s efficiency that will keep your heating and cooling bills low.
Checking Your HVAC System’s Components
During your biannual service visit, your technician will also perform a thorough inspection of each component of your HVAC system. He’ll look for signs of wear and tear that affect component function, as well as issues such as loss of lubrication that can also reduce heating and cooling efficiency and even cause strange noises or odors. Once this inspection is complete, he’ll perform any necessary services to keep your HVAC system running efficiently, such as calibrating your thermostat, flushing your air conditioner’s condensate drain, tightening any electrical connections, and cleaning and adjusting your furnace’s burners. These simple steps will ensure your HVAC system continues to work with the efficiency and reliability you expect, vastly reducing your risk for a heating or cooling breakdown at an inopportune time. If your service technician notices a bigger issue forming, he’ll make suggestions regarding the best action to take so you aren’t caught unawares and can minimize your costs by addressing issues early, rather than once a serious problem develops.
Our home service plans in Folsom are designed to make maintaining your HVAC system easy and cost-effective. You can visit our website for more details about our preventive maintenance plans, or click through our blog to learn more about the benefits of maintaining your HVAC system.