What Does HVAC Maintenance Include?

A smiling woman watching as an air conditioning repairman works on her ductless AC unit.

Imagine being stuck in your home when the temperatures drop drastically in the winter and your heater fails, or during a summer gathering with friends and family, and your AC suddenly refuses to function. When that happens, you have to call a home AC repair company, wait for them to fit you into their schedule, and live in discomfort until the issue is fixed.

This certainly isn’t ideal, and these situations can — and should! — be avoided. 

You can’t always know when your HVAC system is going to stop working. As a homeowner, anything can happen, and usually when you least expect it. That’s why frequent, professional maintenance and repair services are essential, and it all starts when you build a relationship with a reputable local HVAC repair service. They can ensure your heating and cooling system is in good working order at all times. And if there ever comes a time when it’s not, you know just who to call. 

Many homeowners don’t know what to expect when it comes to HVAC maintenance. They think they can manage it all on their own, or that the cost simply isn’t worth it. The fact of the matter is, regular maintenance on your HVAC system can actually save you money in the long-run. 

Here’s what makes professional HVAC maintenance worth every penny. 

1. Filters are inspected and changed. 

Filters are supposed to collect dust, dirt, and debris — and they do! But that means they have to be changed on a consistent basis to keep your home fresh and clean. Regular maintenance means your filters will be cleaned and kept in good condition so you can live with good IAQ (indoor air quality). A dirty filter restricts airflow and puts unnecessary stress on the system, limiting its life. Changing the filter can reduce the amount of debris that builds up on the indoor coil, which can reduce the amount of costly repairs down the road.

2. The entire system receives a full inspection.

Your HVAC system should be visually inspected at least once a year. Most times, a technician can immediately recognize some problems that you may easily overlook, or simply ignore. What’s great about system inspections is that they usually allow technicians to catch small issues before they turn into larger, more costly problems. 

3. Debris is cleaned and removed.

Dust particles and debris from the attics and crawl spaces don’t just collect on the filters. They accumulate on blowers, ducts, and condensing units. While a light layer of dust won’t do much harm, continuous collection of the dirt and debris can result in severe damage to your HVAC system. When you have an HVAC repair service out to your home for regular maintenance, you won’t have to worry about internal damage to your heating and cooling system — your technician will take care of it. 

4. The condensate drain is checked.

The condensate drain of your HVAC system should be clear of any clogs to avoid moisture accumulation and leaks, which could result in costly repairs. If excessive moisture occurs, it encourages bacteria, mold growth, compromised air quality, and high levels of humidity in your home — all of which you don’t want. A home AC repair company will clean the condensate drain to flush any mold growth and verify that existing moisture flows from your system so your home stays clean and comfortable.

5. The electrical components are checked.

Electrical connections are easy to forget about, although they’re vital components to your HVAC system. Over time, electrical connections can become loose, and even disconnect. The disconnections can compromise the power delivery of your heating and cooling system, resulting in short circuits, which will eventually damage your whole system. A technician will check the connections of the wires and analyze the performance of your heating and cooling system. They’ll also look for damaged wires, loose connections, and frayed cables to minimize any potential risks so you can stay safe and avoid any electrical issues. 

6. Thermostat settings are checked. 

Most modern HVAC systems have programmable thermostats that enable homeowners to control temperature and set it on schedule. That means you can set the thermostat to lower the AC when you’re not at home and save on your utility bill. When your HVAC technician is out at your home, they can look at your thermostat and confirm that it is running on your desired settings. If the thermostat is defective, it can quickly be replaced so it does not overburden your HVAC system and leave you in an uncomfortable position when it breaks down.

Be Proactive About Your Home!

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep every part of your home in good working order at all times, especially when it comes to something as important — and expensive! — as your heating and cooling system. Regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance will allow you to stay ahead of any problems with your HVAC system, saving you time and money in the long-run.

If you want to be proactive about your home, schedule a service appointment with our home AC repair company today, or give us a call at 714-643-6507 and learn about our Spicer Savings Club! Our team proudly serves all homeowners in Anaheim, CA; Brea, CA; and the surrounding communities.

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