The Importance of Proper Maintenance

By the Ideal Team

In order to ensure that the heating and air conditioning unit in your home lasts as long as possible, it is very important that biannual maintenance is performed on the unit by a certified technician. The longer the unit runs without being tuned up, the less efficiently it will run, costing you far more down the line than it would cost to get it serviced on a regular basis.

When our technicians arrive at your home, there are a variety of checks that we will check to ensure that we have inspected your HVAC system from top to bottom. By doing this, we can prevent future problems from occurring down the line; remember, it is always better (and cheaper) to prevent problems from happening than to repair them after they happen.

Here are a few of the more common technical problems that might affect your heating and air conditioning unit, and the issues that come up as a result.

Dirty or Clogged Filters

Responsible for collecting dust and other small particles that could negatively impact your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace, the air filter should generally be changed every season. When the air filter on your unit is dirty or clogged, your system has to work much harder to circulate the air, which will increase the cost of your energy bills dramatically over time.

Blown Fuse

The fuses in your system are responsible for keeping the compressor and motor from overheating. Replacing faulty fuses will ensure that an unexpected electrical surge will not cause any damage to it. This is especially important because the compressor is one of the most expensive parts to replace on a heat pump or air conditioner.

Malfunctioning Thermostat Sensor

The thermostat sensor is like the brains of your unit. When it is not working correctly, there will often be disparities between the temperature at which the thermostat is set, and the actual temperature of the rooms in your household. Correcting this problem will ensure a consistent flow of air at the desired temperature for maximum comfort.

Dirty Coils

The coils are responsible for channeling the air throughout the system, and releasing hot exhaust air. When they are blocked by debris or other particles, it forces the unit to work even harder to expel this exhaust, which will result in a higher amount of stress on the machine as well as a higher energy bill.

Dirty Drain Lines

The cooling units in your home collect moisture from the air in the condensate pan which then runs through the drain lines. These are vital to the cooling process, and when they become blocked by mold or dust, the air quality in your home becomes contaminated. Additionally, blockage in these lines could result in water overflowing and damaging your unit, and could even put it out of commission altogether.

Malfunctioning Fan Motor

The AC condenser on your unit is responsible for converting the air that it takes in and converting it into a liquid that can be used to regulate the air temperature in your home. The fan works in conjunction with the condenser by keeping it cool so that it can continue to run efficiently. When the motor used to run the fan is compromised, the unit will begin to start overheating and running inefficiently.

Pilot/Ignition Issues

It is never under any circumstances advisable to inspect the pilot control or capacitor unless you are a certified HVAC technician for safety reasons. Doing so without the proper equipment or tools could result in electric shock or even an explosion on gas fitted units. When this part of your system is malfunctioning, you will have difficulty or be unable to start your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace. Call our team right away to have it serviced.

Leaking Refrigerant or Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is a highly toxic and environmentally harmful substance that is responsible for cooling incoming air throughout your system. Only certified HVAC technicians are permitted to purchase, refill and dispose of refrigerant, as they are trained to do so without causing any hazardous spills. It is very important to always call a professional when you are having issues relating to the refrigerant in your system.

Unbalanced Dampers

The dampers are responsible for distributing the flow of air among multiple different rooms in your household. When there is an issue with them, it will result in some rooms heating or cooling at a different speed than others.

Broken Condensation Pump

When the condensation pump is not working correctly, it could result in water pooling up instead of draining properly. This could then result in costly water damage to your home.

These are just a few of the issues that our team of highly skilled technicians are on the lookout for when performing diagnostics and maintenance on your system.

Ask the Ideal Team about performing routine maintenance your HVAC system today.

 

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