HVAC Preventative Maintenance Services in Dallas, Texas
Homeowners who properly maintain the operating systems in their homes, such as electric, plumbing, heating, and cooling, save money on energy bills and major repairs. They are safer and more comfortable in their homes. Preventative Maintenance for heating and cooling systems is always less expensive than waiting for the equipment to break down during very cold or hot weather on a weekend and having to call an HVAC contractor on an emergency basis and pay top dollar for the repair work.
Can You Maintain Your Own Heating and Cooling Equipment?
There are homeowners who feel confident they can maintain their own equipment and save money by avoiding service calls. They only call the professionals for major problems. That is fine if the skill level is there to do the jobs correctly. But, if a homeowner does not have the experience and knowledge to properly maintain or repair their HVAC system, they can end up making things worse and having to pay a professional HVAC Contractor in Dallas, Texas, more money to fix their mistakes.
There are a few maintenance jobs that most homeowners can successfully take care of:
1. Removing and keeping all obstructions and debris away from HVAC equipment and vents. There should be two feet of clearance.
2. Changing air filters regularly, such as every 30 days. Use high-efficiency air filters.
3. Keeping the vents and ducts clean and free of dust and dirt.
4. Periodically inspect the outdoor AV unit to make sure it is on a level base and free of debris and dirt. Remove any standing water near it.
5. Turn the water to the furnace humidifier off in the spring and on in the fall.
6. Call for HVAC Maintenance professionals at least once a year to inspect and maintain the system as needed. Fall is the most important time.
There are homeowners who forget about their home’s operational systems until something goes wrong and a system such as the heating unit breaks down. This is not a wise way to maintain or live in a home. Small defects discovered promptly are much cheaper to fix than major breakdowns.
If the Furnace stops mid-winter, the family will be without heat until a repair person can make it to the home. Pipes might freeze and burst, and the family will be uncomfortable. Also, if there is no established relationship with the HVAC contractor, there will be premium emergency charges to pay.
The Importance of Preventative Maintenance
When a homeowner makes arrangements for HVAC Preventative Maintenance, they are ensuring they will have dependable heating in the winter and cooling in the summer without major equipment emergencies. When the HVAC maintenance professionals come, they inspect all the equipment.
Some of the check-points include:
2. Gas or other fuel lines
3. Heat exchangers, motors, and other equipment
5. Electrical connections
6. Safety controls
7. Condensate drain lines
8. Leaks anywhere in the system
9. General tune-up and cleaning of the system including lubricating moving parts and replacing old belts
10. Check the thermostat to make sure it is working accurately.
When should a Heating or Cooling system be Replaced?
All HVAC equipment needs to be replaced eventually, with the average life being from 15 to 20 years. This is not an all-bad situation. The new HVAC systems are more advanced, do a better job of heating and cooling homes, and are more efficient. They are also quieter and can be integrated into smart home systems.
Some ways to know the present system is ready to replace include:
1. The energy bills go up too much every heating season
2. The heating equipment is not heating the home enough or the heat is uneven from room to room
3. The air quality in the home goes down with more dust and allergens in the air. There may be unpleasant smells.
4. The heating system is making noises that don’t belong, such as squeaks, grinding noises, banging, scraping, screeching, and other alarming noises. The furnace is louder, in general than in the past.
5. The furnace is cycling on and off too often and maybe just not heating much at all. Or the furnace stops working.
The new heating system can include new air conditioning capabilities so the home is at one comfortable temperature all year long. A trusted HVAC contractor will be able to sell you a new heating and cooling system and install it in your home. They will also be able to guide you to the right equipment for your home.
A Good AC Company
A Good AC Company can do all of the preventative maintenance, repairs, and installation of new equipment your home needs. We are fully insured and licensed and use only the best HVAC professionals on our staff. We warranty parts and equipment and we guarantee all our work. Call us for a free same-day estimate.