Preventative maintenance is an important part of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It’s best to have a service call to inspect your entire system thoroughly before you turn the AC on for the first time. If you don’t have preventative maintenance, it will likely be the hottest day of the year when your system will not work at all. And you will be requesting emergency ac repairs, which can be more expensive.
What is Done for Preventative Maintenance to Avoid AC Repair Costs?
Your technician will clean your HVAC system on the inside and the outside to remove debris or cobwebs that will affect the efficiency of your unit. He will check the condensation line outside next to the unit to make sure it isn’t clogged with debris.
A clogged condensation line can lead to your unit leaking water into your home and be a big repair bill indeed. He will also check the internal parts of the HVAC unit and all the electrical components. All the wiring is checked to make sure they are tight where they attach to various parts.
If your technician spots parts that have failed or will fail soon, he can replace them right away, so you won’t have down time in the heat of the summer. Your technician will also test the unit. He will check the thermostat to make sure it comes on when it should and goes off when it should.
He may also go from room to room and adjust any of the air registers as need be to balance the cool air that enters a room.
How Often Should I Have Preventative Maintenance?
It is generally twice a year that you should have preventative maintenance. Once should be before you turn on your AC and the other time would be before you turn on your heater the first time. If your unit is new, once a year should suffice. If your HVAC is older, you may require maintenance more often than twice a year to keep it running efficiently.