What Is Preventative Maintenance and What Should You Expect?
You can expect a full system evaluation for spring and fall. During the spring evaluation, we will check your unit’s connections, readings, air quality, and cooling efficiency. In the fall you will have a full system evaluation to prepare your system. This includes your furnace operations, electrical connections, safety controls, heating performance, and any comfort solutions.
Why Is It So Important?
Simply Put – preventative maintenance ensures the safety, reliability, and efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
Safety – Check for gas leaks; check that there are no flue/carbon monoxide leaks; electrical connections are secure.
Comfort – Prevent unexpected breakdowns and having to wait on a service call in peak season; maintain air quality; stop issues creating noise; reduce hot and cold areas of a home.
Efficiency – Prevent water leaks and drain issues; fix small issues before they become larger issues and fail; the system runs more efficiently; extend the life of the system; keeps warranties active.
What Happens When You Don’t Maintain Your HVAC Systems?
An HVAC system can cost as much as a car and is typically the most expensive appliance in our home. It is important to keep regular maintenance on your vehicle or you could have costly repairs. Typically there is a trip to the dealer or garage twice a year. Over time wear parts like brakes and tires need to be replaced.
If you drive 15,000 miles a year at an average speed 50 mph – that equates to roughly 300 hours a year. In Texas your system will run on average 8 hours per day over the year – more in the high temperatures of the summer and heating in the low winter temperatures also depends on the target temperatures you have for your home. Over the year 8 x 365 = approx. 2900 hours
An HVAC system is like your car, it needs to be maintained. Over time the system efficiency will decrease as it is working harder than before. As simple as a filter change, if this is not done it will cause major issues with your system. Your filters are to catch dirt and dust in your home. When you find a clogged filter that shows the dirt being backed up into your home. This will lead to your air quality, triggering allergies and even asthma. Lack of filter changes is the largest leading cause of issues that we at Southern Comfort Mechanical come across. The filter is like the oil in your car it needs to be kept clean and periodically changed.
The remainder of the system is like the engine and drivetrain. They have moving parts and will need adjustment from time to time. Systems tend to breakdown when they are working at their hardest in the summer high temperatures or low winter temperatures when you rely on your system the most.
What’s the History Behind Preventative Maintenance?
The methodology of preventative maintenance has been adopted by many industries including the HVAC industry.
The original development of preventive maintenance comes from manufacturing operations. When a production line breakdowns this greatly impacts the ability to meet the customer’s orders. The development of the routine checks on equipment was developed to prevent breakdowns by cleaning, lubricating and inspecting critical parts. Although the practice makes sense it is tough to adhere to. Toyota is a leading example, with equipment painted white to make oil leaks apparent. This allows them to quickly address the issue before they impact the quality and performance of the equipment.
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How Much Is It?
Fall and Spring maintenance is $150 for the first unit and $130 for any additional unit per year. If needed, filters are provided at an additional cost. Call today to schedule your maintenance service.
Southern Comfort Mechanical Comfort Club includes both spring and fall maintenance.
- Check hot or cold areas of the home
- Check capacitors
- Rinse condenser coil to ensure proper air flow
- Test levels and pressures of the system
- Inspect breaker
- Visual inspection of Freon lines
- Check filter(s)
- Inspect blower motor
- Check Freon level, and install Freon locking caps to prevent Freon theft
- Check system for proper cooling operation
- Inspect indoor unit
- Inspect and clean flame sensor
- Gas pressure is checked to confirm clean burning of gas
- Inspect burner operation
- The heating manifold is visually inspected for rust and damage – (holes that cause carbon monoxide leaks)
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks
- Inspect wiring connections, amps, and voltage
- The flue pipe connection is checked to make sure it is secure and exhausting outside
- Test and calibrate the thermostat
- The unit is reassembled
- Test heating operation
What Options Do You Have for Maintaining Your System?
When it comes to maintaining your HVAC system you have always have options.
- Do Nothing – Not maintaining your system can lead to system failure. When your system is under warranty we recommend regular maintenance to keep your system’s warranty active. If not completed your warranty could be voided.
- Get One-Time Maintenance – This is a one-time service only. This is completely separate from what you would receive as a CC member.
- Join the Comfort Club – This will give you peace of mind as you go into the next season. Our certified technicians will make you aware of how your system is working. This will prevent any unexpected major issues.