It won’t be long before cooling systems are humming 24/7 across Grand Traverse County, and now is the time to schedule your seasonal HVAC maintenance. An annual tune-up is essential for increasing your system’s efficiency, lowering your cooling costs, preventing common problems and extending the operating life of your system.
The Nuts and Bolts of Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
A knowledgable technician from a reputable contractor will perform a number of tasks to prepare your cooling system for the long, hot summer ahead, including these key checkpoints:
- Lubricate the fan, motor and other moving parts to reduce friction.
- Measure the level of refrigerant for optimum cooling.
- Inspect the terminals and wires, tighten connections, and apply nonconductive coating to prevent corrosion.
- Measure the airflow for the highest level of comfort and efficiency.
- Test the controls of the system to ensure it cycles properly.
- Clean and inspect the essential components for damage.
- Inspect the thermostat to ensure accuracy.
- Flush the condensate drain to prevent clogs that can shut down your system and cause water damage.
- Inspect your coils for scale and grime buildup that can interfere with heat transfer.
The Rest is Up To You
Once your technician packs up his tools and leaves, its up to you to maintain your system for the duration of the cooling season. These essential tasks will help keep your system working at peak efficiency to provide you with a high level of comfort at a lower energy cost.
- Inspect the air filter each month. When it’s caked with dust, replace it with a good-quality filter to ensure optimum airflow, better indoor air quality and a clean system interior.
- Seal air leaks in your home to prevent your system from working overtime to compensate.
- Spray down the outdoor unit monthly to keep debris out of the metal slots and improve airflow and heat transfer.
- Use your ceiling fans to help you feel cooler at higher thermostat settings.
To schedule your seasonal HVAC maintenance with one of our skilled technicians, please feel free to contact us in the Grand Traverse County area at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas 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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