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How can you benefit from regular heating and air conditioning maintenances?

 

AC maintenance:

You know that your air conditioner cools the air inside your home, providing you fresh filtered air. It is an important part of your daily life. We often take the benefits of air conditioning for granted, until it stops working. Air conditioning units need occasional preventive maintenance to keep them operating efficiently and smoothly. There are other important benefits of maintaining your air conditioning unit regularly.

 

 

Lower Energy Bills

A poorly maintained air conditioner must work harder to provide the same air quality and temperature as a well-maintained unit. This means higher energy costs. Something as simple as a dirty air filter will hinder the air-conditioning unit’s ability to circulate cool clean air. This results in wasted energy and money. Dirty condenser coils cause the compressor to work harder. This problem consumes more energy, as well, resulting in higher energy bills. So with a simple, regular A/C cleaning schedule, you will save energy and money.

 

Lower Repair Costs

Preventative maintenance may save you a lot of grief, time, and money in repair costs by preventing and catching small problems before they become bigger and more expensive problems. As I mentioned, dirty condenser coils can make the air conditioner work harder for the same results. This extra work can also cause the compressor to fail. The costs of repairs for replacing the compressor is typically much more than the costs of having the coils cleaned and maintained. Preventive maintenance may catch other issues with the system such as a water leak, which could cause damage to your home and air conditioning unit.

 

Extended Equipment Life

Taking care of your air conditioning unit will extend its life and help it operate more efficiently. The air conditioning unit, as a whole, needs regular service and cleaning. When one part is under strain or fails, it causes the other parts of you air conditioning system to work harder and possibly fail. Maintaining and keeping the parts in working order results in less strain and stress on the entire system. In the long term, a well-maintained air conditioning system operates more efficiently, saving energy and money, and lasts longer, saving repair and replacement costs.

 

Heating maintenance:

A dirty furnace coil restricts air flow and reduces household comfort.

Airflow is the lifeblood of a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Among the first items an HVAC technician will check on a service call for insufficient heat is the system airflow. It impacts not only the amount of warm air emitting from registers in living spaces of the home, but it affects the quality and degree of heat. Furnace heat exchangers are designed with particular airflow specifications. If the volume of air passing through the furnace drops below that parameter, heat exchange is diminished and overall heating effectiveness suffers. While the most obvious cause of insufficient airflow is simply a dirty air filter, other suspects range from a defective blower fan to leaky ductwork. Another possible source of reduced airflow is the evaporator coil located inside the furnace plenum.


Air Conditioner Coil in the Furnace

Forced air furnace/air conditioner combination systems feature a single indoor unit comprising the furnace burner or electric heating coils and, installed in the furnace plenum, the evaporator coil that receives refrigerant from the A/C compressor in the outdoor unit. In cooling mode, the refrigerant extracts heat from air pushed through small passages in the coil by the blower fan. This cooled air is conveyed into the supply duct and distributed throughout the house. In heating mode, the gas burner or electric coils activate and a heat exchanger warms air pushed through the furnace by the blower fan. In a clean, well-maintained system, this heated air flows through the passages in the evaporator coil and is conveyed into supply ducts.


Dirt and Dust

Often called an A-coil because of its shape, the coil in the furnace plenum is composed of hundreds of tiny air passages. Any restriction in these passages reduces airflow and diminishes effectiveness of the heating and cooling function. The most frequent cause of a restricted A-coil is an accumulation of dust or dirt. Often a consequence of neglecting maintenance such as regular filter changes, dust and dirt may plug small coil passages and reduce downstream airflow. This degrades the effectiveness of heating throughout the home. It also increases heating costs as the furnace must run longer to meet thermostat settings, wasting gas or electricity. A severely obstructed A-coil may obstruct airflow to the point that the system overheats, tripping a safety high temperature switch and automatically shutting down the furnace.


Home for Mold

Another potential obstruction in the evaporator coil is mold. In cooling mode, warm air entering the cold passages of the coil condenses. The dark, wet environment forms a perfect breeding ground for mold. Airborne mold spores drawn into the return ducts infiltrate the coil and spawn a thriving mold colony, restricting the flow of air through the coil. During heating season, dried mold residue clogging the coil air passages may substantially reduce airflow and degrade the effectiveness of the furnace.


Don't Do It Yourself

Cleaning the furnace A-coil is a job for an HVAC professional. Most coils are enclosed units sealed inside the furnace plenum and not readily accessible from the exterior. A technician may use compressed air, soft brushes and special coil cleaning solvents to clean the coil and restore heating and cooling performance. Biocides to kill mold inside the coil and at nearby locations such as the condensation drain pan also may be applied to prevent recurrence.


Peace Of Mind

As you can see, you can benefit from heating and air conditioning preventive maintenances with lower energy bills, fewer repairs, and extending the lifetime of the parts and equipment for your heating and air conditioning system. The heating and air conditioning system is such a valuable investment in your home that it makes great sense to take care of it.



Standard $158

The Standard Plan includes a Full Air-conditioning Maintenance in the spring and a Full Heating Maitainance in the Fall plus 5% off parts and labor.

Absolute $359

Our Absolute Plan includes a Full Air Conditioning Maintenance in the spring, Full Heating Maintenance in the Fall and (4) Additional Filter Changes/ Courtesy Checks throughout the year plus 15% off all parts and labor.

Elite $256

Our Elite Plan includes a Full Air Conditioning Maintenance in the spring, Full Heating Maintenance in the Fall and (2) Additional Filter Changes/ Courtesy Checks throughout the year plus 10% off all parts and labor.

 

 

 


Gas Furnace

Clean and adjust automatic controls

Pull and clean burners

Adjust combustion for optimum fuel efficiency

Lubricate as needed

Test for combustion leaks

Test safety shutoff response

Check blower belt wear, tension and alignment

Check flue for satisfactory operation

Check capacitors and amperage draws

Air Conditioner

Clean Condenser coil

Check electrical connections for tightness

Adjust system for optimum cooling

Check for oil and refrigerant leaks

Check safety devices

Check blower belt wear, tension and alignment

Check expansion valve and coil temperatures

Check refrigerant level

Check condensate drain

Check capacitors and amprerage

 


Heat Pump AC

Lubricate as needed

Check defrost cycle and reversing valve operation

Adjust air volume for maximum efficiency

Check safety devices and electrical connections for tightness

Check blower belt wear and, tension and alignment

Check oil and refrigerant leaks 

Test electrical controls for proper operation

Check refrigerant levels

Check refrigerant controls and coil temperature for maximum efficiency

Check condensate drain

Check capacitors and amperage draws

Electric Furnace

Check clean automatic controls

Check all wiring for loose connections and condition of insulation

Check supply voltage

Check capacitors and amperage draws

Lubricate as needed

Test safety shut-off response

Check blower belt wear, tension and alignment