The top reasons to make HVAC maintenance a priority include maintaining uninterrupted comfort indoors, achieving lower energy bills and improving safety conditions. The investment in professional maintenance also prevents costly and avoidable repairs, along with extending the lifetime of this complex appliance.
Reduced Energy Consumption
A clean and adjusted system uses measurably less energy than one that’s neglected. As HVAC systems run, the vibrations of some of the parts may cause them to loosen. The dust and dirt in both the air handler and the outdoor condenser affects the motors and electrical components. Motors covered with dust retain heat longer, and the electrical flow through all the electrical parts slows.
The evaporator and condensing coils need to be clean and have unblocked airflow to collect and release the heat for your HVAC system to operate most efficiently. The integrity of the ductwork should be examined by your HVAC professional, and any leaks should be sealed with mastic or metal tape. Ductwork leaks increase energy consumption substantially and degrade indoor air quality.
When a professional HVAC technician goes through your system, he or she may spot small problems that could escalate into something larger if left unchecked. Since you rely on your HVAC system to keep your home at healthy temperature levels, avoiding unnecessary breakdowns is one of the best reasons to make HVAC maintenance a priority. Refrigerant level checks are routine parts of HVAC maintenance, and having the exact level inside your system prevents much more costly problems from occurring later.
All HVAC equipment uses large amounts of electricity and sometimes combustible fuels. The odds of a clean and adjusted HVAC system causing any safety issues are slim. If you use a gas furnace, your technician should verify that all gas connections are tight and secure and make sure that the exhaust vent or chimney are unobstructed. Clean electrical connections won’t build heat, and a clean, lubricated motor won’t cause as much heating building friction.
The pros at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning can show you even more reasons to make HVAC maintenance a priority. We’ve provided trusted HVAC services for Fresno area homeowners since 1970.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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