HVAC Maintenance: What Your Contractor Should Do

No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your home, there are several things that need to be done on a regular basis to ensure the longevity of your unit. Some of these tasks can be done yourself, while other will require the help of a licensed HVAC contractor. No matter what the manufacturer or brand, these maintenance tasks should always be performed to help ensure you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps typically only need an annual check up that can be performed by an HVAC technician. It's always a good idea to call for your scheduled maintenance a bit ahead of the winter season so you don't have to wait a long time for service. For heat pumps, the technician should inspect and check all belts and make necessary replacements if they're worn out. They should also take a look at your air filters, but this is also something you should be changing out every month on your own to keep your heat pump in top condition. The tech will also check out any moving parts and lubricate them as well as make sure all electrical wiring looks good and is safe.

Gas Furnaces

Much like a heat pump, gas-fired furnaces do not require a lot of detailed maintenance. The furnace filter should be replaced monthly or every other month as needed. The fan that circulates should also be lubricated annually to ensure it's rotating properly to maximize air and heat flow. The HVAC technician should closely inspect the flue, air ducts, and the heat exchanger to ensure that everything looks to be working properly and is in good condition. They will also properly adjust the burner as needed to ensure your family has adequate heating during the colder months.

Air Conditioning

When it comes to air conditioning, you may be able to perform most maintenance issues yourself. If it's running low on freon, however, you must have an HVAC professional come and refill it. Freon requires special licensing to obtain, handle, and add to air conditioning units. As for the things you can do yourself, vacuum the unit and coils and make sure it is free of dust and debris. You may also need to add oil to the motor to make sure it's spinning freely and easily. All air conditioner maintenance should be performed at the beginning as well as the end of the cooling season.