What Should You Expect During Your Pre-Season HVAC Preparation?
Pre-season HVAC preparation, typically performed twice a year, can help your system run efficiently and effectively. Among other benefits, it can help the system keep up with seasonal temperature changes. Besides, it can improve your system’s performance and prevent emergency breakdowns. Newer systems require lesser maintenance than their older counterparts. Still, a pre-season tune-up can add more years to your system’s life and reduce any chances of leaving you stranded in the middle of extreme seasonal temperatures.
So what should you expect during your pre-season HVAC prep? At Air Texas AC, we can provide some helpful insights to you.
Your HVAC system has multiple electrical and mechanical parts and systems. For example, a gas-powered heater or furnace will have a combustion assembly. Gradually, dirt, wear, and the elements can deteriorate this assembly and other parts. During the inspection, qualified technicians will check all the parts to ensure they are clean and in good condition. They will also check all the built-in safety systems.
They will also check all the vents and flues to ensure they are undamaged, clean, and vented. Your HVAC system’s condition has an impact on the quality of indoor air. If the ducts or other components need cleaning or repair, your technician should inform you.
Assessing Heating/Cooling Efficiency
A pre-season HVAC inspection procedure will also help determine if your AC or furnace meets your current home comfort needs. The efficiency of your system depends on a number of factors, including:
- Quality of installation
- Its condition
- Size or capacity
When the system is in bad condition or dirty, it has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. This causes more energy to be spent, thus increasing your heating and cooling bills.
When you have a system that is not properly sized for your needs, it will also consume more energy. It will create less comfortable conditions. A pre-season inspection can identify all the areas where improvements can be made to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
A Typical HVAC Tune-Up
You should expect the following services during your HVAC preparation:
- Level of coolants & pressure checks
- Inspection of electrical systems including contacts, wiring, relays, and capacitors
- Thermostat calibration
- Inspection and cleaning of the fan motor, blades, condenser, and outdoor disconnect
- Cleaning of condensate drain and evaporator coil
Your technicians can also run additional efficiency and safety checks.
Usually, all that your system will need is regular cleaning, minor repairs, and lubrication to ensure it keeps working at its peak performance. When your HVAC system is not the right size or is quite old, your technician can help you consider replacement options.
The inspection and preparation procedure can take one or two hours. The duration usually depends on the configuration of the system. For example, if the system requires refrigerant, it can take longer. At Air Texas AC, your technicians will present you with a checklist after completion and share any parts or system replacement requirements. If you want to learn more about our pre-season tune-up and inspection services, feel free to contact us at (210) 602-7181 or send us a message.