Cooling system maintenance can prevent minor problems from becoming more expensive problems later on. Furthermore, if your tune-up is scheduled early, you will beat the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season visits from your HVAC repairman.
There are two main reasons to schedule an air-conditioning or heat pump system tuneup with your HVAC contractor: saving money and saving money. First, you greatly increase the odds that your contractor will catch small problems before they become big ones. Something like a small refrigerant leak should not cost much more than the service call to repair. However, having to purchase a new compressor, when low refrigerant levels burn out your current one, can cost a thousand dollars or more.
The second way an annual tune-up saves you money is by ensuring that your unit is working at optimal efficiency. A well-tuned system uses less energy to cool your house, and lower energy use means bigger savings for you on your monthly utility bills.
A system tune-up is an important part of making sure you get long lasting and efficient performance over the life of your equipment. Here is a short list of common maintenance procedures your HVAC contractor should include with a routine tuneup:
● Perform a visual inspection of your system.
● Check for proper refrigerant levels.
● Clean the outside compressor unit coil.
● Check the indoor coil.
● Blow out the drain line.
● Check belts and lubricate motors, if needed.
● Check, clean, and/or replace filters and discuss a replacement schedule.