Do You Need An HVAC Seasonal Tune-Up or Preventative Maintenance?
As a homeowner, your responsibilities are divided between housework, yard work, and making sure that everything is in good running order, one of those things being your HVAC system. This refers to your air conditioner and/or furnace. If this system goes down for any reason you could end up with costly repairs and having to endure hot or cold days while waiting for repairs.
When it comes to heating and cooling systems, there are two ways you can stay on top of things and avoid repairs or replacements. One way is by periodically getting an HVAC tune-up, and the second is by opting for routine preventative maintenance. These two may sound similar but are actually different as they focus on different areas of the system.
The Difference Between an HVAC Tune-Up and Preventative Maintenance:
Features of an HVAC Tune-Up
- Cleaning and inspecting the condenser.
- Inspecting contacts, wiring, and capacitors.
- Cleaning the evaporator coil.
- Inspecting blades and lubricating fan motors.
An HVAC tune-up is similar to the service you give your car when it has a few problems but it is still in running condition. It can save on energy costs, reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and eliminate costly breakdowns. A tune-up is recommended twice per year at the start of each heating or cooling season.
Features of Preventative Maintenance
- Checking for oil leaks.
- Inspecting the thermostat.
- Wiring inspections.
- Testing fan motors and belts.
- Checking for noise or vibration.
Preventative maintenance takes a look at the system and makes sure that all the moving parts are working without causing friction or wear on the stationary parts. It also makes sure that all the hoses are connected and drains are working properly. The purpose of this is to keep your HVAC system running at maximum efficiency all season long with no surprises.
If your HVAC system hasn’t been checked in a while it may be time for a tune-up to get things ready for the summer cooling season. The service doesn’t take long to complete and you can have peace of mind that cool air will be there when you need it.
To avoid waiting for a service technician to arrive because your A/C is out, call Harwich Port Heating and Cooling today and find out what we can do to keep you cool and comfortable all year long.