Preventative Maintenance

Preventive maintenance on your HVAC system will not only ensure that the equipment is operating at maximum efficiency but it will also extend the life of that equipment. Government research shows that a regular tune-up of your heating and cooling system will save you money in the long run because of reduced energy costs. The high efficiency air conditioners on the market now can cut electric bills significantly but only if they are properly maintained.

When a trained service technician comes to your home to perform the maintenance check, they will do several things:

Check refrigerant levels and inspect for leaks
Clean and straighten condenser coils to ensure proper air flow
Check gas connections for leaks
Tighten all electrical connections
Lubricate all moving parts
Test thermostat to make sure it’s cycling the system on and off properly
Check air filter

Most manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment require annual preventive maintenance on their equipment to maintain the warranty. Many contractors offer service contracts that will include a visit in the spring to tune up the air conditioning system and a visit in the fall to prepare the heating system for winter. When you sign a maintenance agreement, you also likely will receive discounts on repairs and the purchase of new equipment.

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