HVAC tune-ups, or planned maintenance, are one of the best investments you can make in your home. Why? Because tune-ups keep your home’s heating and cooling systems running smoothly and efficiently for years. They can prevent costly breakdowns and even lower your energy bills. In fact, the cost of planned maintenance is often offset or even exceeded by the savings to homeowners in the form of reduced energy costs, discounts, fewer breakdowns and longer equipment life.
We believe that HVAC maintenance is well worth the cost for Long Island homeowners. According to www.energystar.gov, almost half of the energy used in your home (about $1,300 per year) goes to heating and cooling. Regular maintenance has been proven to cut those costs by as much as 30%!
Many homeowners choose to schedule these tune-ups semi-annually, in the spring (for air conditioning) and fall (for heating). Planned maintenance helps to maintain peak efficiency, reduce utility bills, and prevent system failure. It can help extend the life of your HVAC system, as well.
Our Planned Maintenance Program includes many points of inspection, including:
- Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence if needed.
- Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
- Check for proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
- Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates.
- Clean and lubricate motors as needed.
- Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
- Inspect, clean and balance blowers.
Certain inspections are specific to air conditioners, and other to furnaces and boilers.
Air Conditioning Tune-Up
- Clean coils, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
- Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
- Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak. Leaks are harmful to the environment and, according to many equipment manufacturers, a 10% refrigerant loss can result in a 20% decrease in system efficiency.
- Clean the burner assembly.
- Remove soot from the fireside of the burner.
- Clean and check the operation of the humidifier.
- Visually or with remote camera, inspect the heat exchanger for cracks.
- Adjust air/fuel ratio of the burner and perform combustion analysis. Fine-tuning a burner helps to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and optimum firing.
In addition to the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing that your HVAC system is working properly, our tune-ups offer other benefits, such as discounts and priority service. Of course, the greatest benefit is the one you’ll notice every dayâ€”your comfort at home! Ask us about spring and fall tune-ups for your heating and cooling system. It’s a wise investment in your home and your home comfort.
T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.