It’s official – spring is here! The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, the sun isn’t setting at 4 p.m., and you can finally get out and enjoy some nice weather. Spring also marks another event in the life of a homeowner…time to schedule your bi-annual HVAC checkup (and check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors).
We get a lot of family and friends asking, “Is a bi-annual checkup really necessary?” Well, you can opt to put it off, but think of it this way – your car requires oil changes every 3,000 miles or so to keep it in good working order. If you put off the oil change, you might be putting your car at risk for serious damage, not to mention that regular servicing allows professionals to check for larger issues with your engine. The same is true of your HVAC system. With regular checkups, you can ensure that your HVAC system is running smoothly, and that minor fixes don’t end up turning into major problems.
Our technicians all agree that having your system serviced in the spring is a smart move, for a couple of reasons. First, it ensures that if your system has any potential problems, you won’t run into those problems during the height of summer heat. There’s nothing worse than having a 95° day roll around, only to find that your air conditioning is suddenly not working. Second, summer tends to be a busy season for technicians, which means if you do run into problems, it’s possible that correcting the issue could be more time consuming (although we do our absolute best to make sure your home is comfortable as quickly as possible).
So what happens during a bi-annual checkup? You can our techs to do the following:
- Visual Inspection: Our tech will inspect your HVAC system for any visible problems, such as rust, standing water, and other signs that something might not be right. This includes checking your fan blades for possible debris, and clearing out anything that could be causing a problem.
- Electrical Systems Inspection: Next, the tech will inspect the electrical components of your HVAC system, including the indoor control panel and associated wiring. We’ll make sure that everything is working properly and is protected during the warm and cool months of the year – we’ll tighten what needs to be tightened, make sure everything is insulated properly, and lubricate any moving parts.
- Cooling Component Inspection: No one likes a weak air conditioner! Our tech will double check and clean the evaporator coil and condensate drain line, to make sure no flooding of the system occurs. Plus, no one like dirty air coming into the house! The tech will also check coolant levels and refill as necessary.
- Overall Operation Inspection: The final step is an overall check, including filter cleaning and/or replacement, to make sure everything is running just as it should. No one is happier to see a finely tuned HVAC system than our techs, so they’ll ensure that your system is working at its very best.
We are currently taking appointments for spring HVAC checkups. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (205) 871-8111.