Home HVAC Spring Tune-Up Advice

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Your home’s heating ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) provides the required climate control to keep your house comfortable throughout the year. It works hardest when weather conditions are at its extreme, sending forth heat in cold weather and cool air in warm weather.

Following a tough winter, your home is due for its annual HVAC tune-up, what is best scheduled in the spring before summer’s heat arrives and taxes your system. Ask your technician to check both the cooling and heating when performing an inspection.

What a HVAC System Tune-Up Provides

Your HVAC system repair person will perform a thorough inspection including swapping out the air filter, the refrigerant level and operating pressure, and inspect the supply and return temperature differential. You should know that in some communities you may be eligible for a rebate for completing a qualifying tune-up, one more way to ensure that your system is running optimally. Ask your utility company if a rebate applies.

An HVAC repair person should check other components as well. These include the fan motor, compressor, bearings, capacitors, thermostat, coils, valves, switches and safety devices. An inspector may also check the air ducts to ensure that they’re free of obstruction and delivering air throughout the house. You’ll be responsible for parts repairs and labor beyond the tune-up — ask your technician to give you an estimate of these repairs before doing the work.

Top Tune-Up Results

The benefits of a spring HVAC tune-up should become known immediately and offer far-reaching results too. With adequate lubrication and the adjustment of parts, your system will run smoother. And a smoother running system doesn’t work as hard and consumes less energy. The result will include lower energy bills just in time for the summer cooling season.

Other benefits may not be as apparent, but are still important including a safety check especially for older systems. Rodents such as squirrels may have taken up residence over the winter, potentially damaging wiring and other connections that could lead to a breakdown or a fire. Of course, a regular check up of your system can prevent further problems and extend the system’s life had one not been scheduled.

Time to Replace?

Your heat pump or air conditioner may be ready for replacement if it is at least 10 years old advices the federal government’s Energy Star website. Improvements in technologies since your last unit was installed have yielded dramatic changes in unit efficiency.

For other systems, it may be time to replace if repairs increase in frequency and the cost of those repairs outweigh keeping an old unit. New HVAC systems can run from $4,000 to $7,000, with rebates or a tax deduction possible, effectively lowering your final cost.

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Phillip Regis is a professional blogger that shares tip and advice to homeowners on how to keep their heating and air conditioning units fully functional. He writes for Atlas Heating and Air Service, a 24 hour heating, air conditioning and HVAC repair company in Denver CO.

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