Do You Need An HVAC Seasonal Tune-Up or Preventative Maintenance?
If you're new to owning a home or simply are taking over the task of caring for your HVAC system, then you need to know the difference between preventative maintenance and seasonal tune-ups. As a general rule of thumb, preventative maintenance are the things that you should be doing as a homeowner to protect your HVAC system. Seasonal tune-ups should be performed by licensed HVAC professionals.
Let's Talk Preventative MaintenanceAs a homeowner, there are various things that you can do to protect and extend the life of your existing HVAC system. All of these tasks fall under the general term of preventative maintenance. For the most part, most of these tasks should be performed every few months. A few examples of preventative maintenance tasks include:
- Checking For Leaks And Noises
- Inspecting the Compressor Unit, Thermostat, and Safety Controls
- Cleaning The Exposed Parts Of Your HVAC System
- Replacing Worn Out Air Filters
A Closer Look At Seasonal Tune-UpsYou should be calling in your HVAC professional twice a year. This is in the early spring to check over your air conditioning components and in the early fall to check over your heating components. When your HVAC professional swings by for a tune-up, you can expect them to complete the following tasks:
- Inspect Contacts, Wiring, Relays, Capacitors
- Check Over Outdoor Compressor
- Clean Out Condensate Drain
- Clean Off Evaporator Coil
- Lubricate Fan Motors and Blades
- Test Compressor Amps During Startup