To keep your HVAC system running for as long as possible, you’ll want to have a professional perform a pre-maintenance clean and tune periodically. Scheduling this system check for your home’s heating and cooling unit helps catch any small situations before they become significant issues and prevents you from the inconvenience of being left without heat or air.

What Is Involved in a Clean and Tune?

The clean and tune will consist of several steps your technician will complete during your service appointment. While some units may require slightly different checks and adjustments, the visit will typically consist of three major parts.

System Check

When your HVAC technician arrives to perform a clean and tune, the first thing they will do is give your system a thorough inspection. Then, carefully searching your system for signs of damage, your technician will note any signs of wear or damage.

With air conditioning systems, the technician will be inspecting components such as the refrigerant levels and the drain pan. When it comes to the furnace, the technician will be examining the motor and compressor. You can choose to have your furnace and air conditioning unit serviced at the same visit or at two separate times during the year. The important thing is to make sure they receive a clean and tune at least once a year.

Cleaning

Your HVAC unit will naturally acquire dust, dirt, and other debris inside it. The HVAC technician will detach the top of your air conditioning unit, as well as the fan, and clean it out. They will also clean the condensing and evaporating coils. This cleaning is critical to extending the life of your air conditioning unit, as units with dirty coils have a difficult time cooling your home efficiently, causing them to wear out more quickly.

The technician will also clean the air conditioning drain system; this prevents mold from building up to block the drain and cause it to overflow. Finally, when it comes to your furnace, the technician will clean the igniter as needed and the blower motor. They will also remove any debris that is inside the system. The air conditioning unit and the furnace will both have their air filters cleaned or changed.

Pre-Maintenance

This phase of your clean and tune involves performing any adjustments and maintenance needed to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly. Tune-ups to the electrical connections and thermostat calibration keep irritating problems away and ensure a properly-functioning machine.

In addition, they will address any signs of wear noted during the check earlier. For example, evaluating the blower motor lets your technician know if they need to perform any repairs to improve the efficiency of your unit. This way, if there is an issue, it can be handled while the technician is there, helping you avoid a broken machine and the discomfort of a too hot or too cold home.

Don’t let the maintenance of your HVAC system fall by the wayside. Contact Owens Heating & Cooling in Jefferson, IA, today and let one of our skilled technicians take care of all your HVAC servicing needs!