Maintaining Your HVAC System

Ineffective HVAC maintenance can be a serious problem for any building. When this important system is allowed to fall into disrepair, it can contribute to higher energy costs, lower air quality, and reduced effectiveness at temperature control.

Arranging For Ducting Inspections

The mechanical components of the HVAC unit can need to be inspected and serviced every year. However, the home's ducting will also need to be inspected periodically. When the ducting is not inspected on a regular basis, you may fail to find punctures that could have formed in the ducting, which can allow large amounts of the cool or heated air to leak out. Additionally, dust accumulations in the ducting will be able to significantly reduce the airflow through the ducting. If the ducting is found to have small punctures during this inspection, the contractor may be able to patch these issues fairly easily. In situations where the ducting is excessively dirty, a thorough cleaning will be able to eliminate the materials from the ducting.

Correcting Warped Fins

To limit the debris that can enter the HVAC system, a series of fins will be used to filter out the larger items from entering the unit. While highly effective, these fins can also be easily warped. If they become warped, it can substantially decrease the flow of air into the unit, which will limit its ability to function efficiently. While a homeowner may assume that any warped fins will have to be replaced, an HVAC contractor may be able to use a fin comb to straighten them so that the flow of air will be restored.  

Thoroughly Cleaning The Unit

The HVAC unit itself will also need to be regularly cleaned in order to keep it running smoothly. While the fins and exterior grates will be able to stop the larger pieces of debris, dust and dirt will still be able to pass through. Due to this, the interior of the unit will have to be periodically cleaned. Otherwise, these accumulations will be able to impair the moving parts of the system as well as preventing sufficient amounts of air from entering the unit. Cleaning the exterior unit will be a complicated process due to the need for exterior housing to be removed. However, a professional HVAC maintenance service will be able to quickly complete this work so that any disruptions that you experience as a result of not being able to use the HVAC unit will be kept to a minimum.

For more information on HVAC maintenance, contact a local company.