Do You Understand Why Preventive HVAC Maintenance Is Worth the Money?
Preventive HVAC maintenance pays off in more ways than just averting breakdowns or premature equipment replacement. The efficiency ratings of heating and cooling equipment are based upon the assumption of professional maintenance performed to the manufacturer’s specification. When maintenance is neglected, operating costs rise. Similarly, the effectiveness of HVAC systems in providing optimum household comfort depends on regular maintenance procedures. Inconsistent heating and cooling and even contaminated indoor air quality may result when system maintenance is a low priority.
Most maintenance programs are seasonal, addressing cooling-related issues in summer and heating in winter. Here’s what a typical routine maintenance call entails in both seasons:
- Check the thermostat settings and verify that the thermostat is properly calibrated to actual room temperature.
- Verify electrical connections and measure the current draw of motors.
- Lubricate moving parts.
- Check the operation of the condensate drain.
- Observe the on/off cycling of the system to verify the safe start-up and shut down of all components.
- Heating-specific maintenance checks include measuring gas pressure, proper burner combustion and inspecting the heat exchanger for leaks.
- Cooling-specific tasks include cleaning the indoor and outdoor coils, checking the refrigerant level and verifying proper airflow throughout the system.
A universal service agreement with an HVAC contractor manages regular maintenance and ensures that it’s performed at the correct intervals. Service agreements are available at several levels and prices, allowing the homeowner to customize service to their needs and budget. All levels begin with basic seasonal checks and tune-ups. Enhanced plans provide greater discounts and certain services without fees.
Sobieski Services offers a variety of universal service agreements to maximize preventive HVAC maintenance and fit the needs of individual homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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