Your HVAC system is one of the most valuable fixtures inside your home. In order to extend its lifespan and keep it working efficiently, you need to make sure it is consistently and correctly maintained. Once or twice a year, you should have a certified HVAC technician visit your property and conduct a full inspection of your system to detect potential issues.
Here’s what you can expect to happen during such a maintenance visit.
1. Inspection on the Ductwork and Vents
One of the biggest causes of energy loss is air leaking through ductwork. These leaks can affect not only the efficiency of your system but also your energy bills. When you sign up for an annual HVAC maintenance, the technician will also look at your ductwork to see if there are any leaks that need to be sealed.
Because the air coming through the vents maintains the indoor temperature of your home, the technician will properly seal any leaks that your system may have. He or she will make sure there are no cracks or holes that could lead to wasted energy.
If cracks or holes have already formed, it is advised that you get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid wasting energy and—by extension—finances any further.
2. Refrigerant Level Checking
In order to keep your home cool, the heat is absorbed by the air conditioner refrigerant. If you have a low refrigerant level, your unit can’t perform its job well, consequently making your space uncomfortable. Low refrigerant levels can also severely damage your unit.
Once you get a house visit from an HVAC technician, they will check the refrigerant levels of your unit. The right amount of refrigerant will be added by the technician to make sure the unit functions properly and keeps your home cold throughout the summer months.
3. Testing Thermostat
One of the most important parts of annual HVAC maintenance is testing the accuracy of your thermostat. During a visit, your thermostat will be tested and recalibrated if needed. For thermostats that are programmable, the technician can recommend specific temperature settings that will help you save money on your monthly energy bill.
If you’re still not comfortable even after you’ve adjusted the thermostat of your HVAC unit, there might even be something wrong with the thermostat itself. Different factors such as connection issues, dust and dirt, and even dead batteries can affect the way your thermostat functions.
When your technician spots a problem that needs to be repaired, he or she will make recommendations and likely give you a quote. It is completely up to you, as the homeowner, if you want the technician to perform that repair for you.
Getting annual HVAC service calls are one of the best ways to protect your investment. Although you can always schedule a visit any time you want, we suggest you do it during the cooler season when there is a low demand for HVAC services. Plus, once summer rolls around, you’ll have an HVAC unit that has been freshly inspected and recently repaired. Therefore, you can be sure it will stand up to extended use over the course of the season.