Your Guide to HVAC Service – With many different types of HVAC units, there can be confusion around what needs to be serviced and how often. Here we will give a guide and overview of what service needs to be completed and when.
Your Guide to HVAC Service
- Furnace Filter: Most furnace manufacturers recommend a new furnace filter every quarter. So, to prepare your home for this fairly frequent job, add it to your calendar and order a pack of replacements ahead of time. When it’s time to replace, you will have extra on hand and can replace the filter with ease.
- Thermostat: As the seasons change, so does the temperature. It is helpful to move your thermostat from “cool” to “heat” (and vice versa) when the temperatures are shifting to avoid chilly mornings or excessively hot days. If your thermostat is switched over in time, you won’t have to overwork the HVAC system to catch up with the shift in temperatures.
- Landscape: Most homeowners have a heat pump or air conditioner unit that sits outside. Checking the landscaping to ensure fallen leaves and debris are removed, hedges or tall grass is trimmed back, and the unit is able to operate freely will extend the life of the unit.
- Furnace/Heat Pump Maintenance: As the weather cools and fall rolls in, it is important to get the furnace or heat pump professionally inspected and maintained. An HVAC technician will inspect the air filter, heat exchanger and heating elements, lubricate moving parts within the unit, inspect the unit for loose or damaged electrical connections, clean drain lines and pans, check thermostat and controls for proper regulation of temperature, replace worn out belts and pulleys, inspect for gas leaks and flue gas passageways.
- Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Maintenance: As the weather warms up and spring rolls in, it is important to get the air conditioner and heat pump professionally inspected and maintained. An HVAC technician will inspect ducts, vent, cabinet and refrigerant lines, clean the condenser and evaporator, clean filters and replace them, if necessary, clean drain lines and pans, inspect fan blower, motor and blades, check humidity levels and check thermostat and controls for proper regulation of temperature.
- Air Conditioner Refrigerant Lines: Homeowners cannot inspect refrigerant levels without proper certification, but you can do a visual inspection of the two copper lines that run to the air conditioning unit. If they are frozen, you may have a leak and need to call a professional. Other signs that refrigerant is low is when warm air is blowing when running air conditioning. HVAC technicians are trained, and EPA certified to fix leaks, check levels and recharge the refrigerant.
For HVAC service and maintenance, contact Pilchuck Heating.
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