Top Benefits of a HVAC Tune-Up
February 6th, 2015 by Brian Starck
A home’s HVAC system is essential to its functioning. To keep it working when you need heating or cooling, regular maintenance is necessary. Both the heating and cooling systems need to be checked and cleaned every year to ensure that they remain in good working order to reliably keep your house at a comfortable temperature year-round.
Neglecting proper maintenance can lead to repeated breakdowns and can shorten the life of your HVAC unit. Failing to maintain your unit can even lead to an increased risk of fire or other dangerous conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Energy Star’s guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling.
An HVAC system tune-up will have all of the following benefits for your home and family:
- Improve air quality. A clean system will blow cleaner air through your home, leading to reduced particles of dust and dirt in the air. Family members with allergies will have fewer symptoms, and seasonal illnesses may be reduced or relieved.
- Save you money. A dirty burner or air conditioner coil will cause your HVAC system to work harder to reach the desired temperature. When your system is functioning at peak efficiency, it will use less oil, gas or electricity, which will lower your utility bills throughout the year.
- Prevent breakdowns. With proper maintenance, your HVAC system should reliably get you through all the cold days of winter and hot days of summer. Not only will this prevent the inconvenience of the breakdowns themselves, it will also save you money on repairs. HVAC tune-ups pay for themselves many times over.
- Keep your home and family safe. Risk of fire is typically low, but if there is an undetected gas or oil leak, it can occur. Sometimes leaking oil or gas can also contribute to allergies and other health problems. Checking for oil and gas leaks is part of every Libertyville HVAC tune-up.
- Keep your HVAC unit working longer. Your HVAC unit can last years longer if it is properly maintained and tuned up regularly. This is yet another reason that yearly tune-ups are cost-effective.
Regular maintenance will include a comprehensive equipment check to make sure all parts are functioning. Any parts that are not functioning optimally are repaired, adjusted or replaced (additional costs may apply for some parts and depending on your service plan). Also, the entire system is thoroughly cleaned, which improves its efficiency and performance.
For oil and gas furnaces, the flue piping will be inspected for rust and disconnections. The oil or gas connections will be inspected along with the heat exchanger. Gas pressure, if applicable, and burner conbustion will also be tested to make sure they meet specifications.
For central air conditioning systems, indoor and outdoor coils will be cleaned and refrigerant charge will be checked and adjusted. Blower components will also be cleaned and adjusted.
Any way you figure it, getting a tune-up of your HVAC system is beneficial. Whether to prevent problems with functioning, increase efficiency, or for safety reasons, getting a tune-up will prevent issues from coming up that could disrupt your system’s functioning.