When you schedule HVAC maintenance with Sarman Air Company, you can be sure that we will perform all of our tasks professionally and efficiently. We want to ensure that your home is always comfortable, so we take care of any repairs or scheduled maintenance quickly and efficiently. In this article, we’ll give an overview of some everyday HVAC maintenance tasks that you should have done on an annual basis (or whenever necessary), as well as when these are likely to occur.
Signs of a broken air conditioner
- Air conditioners are meant to cool your home and not make it hotter. If your air conditioner is not cooling your home correctly, you need to call a professional for service.
- A leaking water heater can be hazardous. If you see water leaking from your air conditioner, shut off the power immediately and call a professional for service before anyone gets hurt!
- An air conditioner that makes loud noises could indicate several problems with your unit – one of which may be that it has broken down altogether! If this is the case, it’s time to call in an expert who will diagnose what exactly went wrong and how best to fix whatever needs fixing right now so that no one gets hurt, as well as make sure things don’t happen again in the future (like fire).
Signs of a broken furnace
If your furnace is making strange noises, this could indicate a problem with the unit. If your furnace is leaking oil, there may be an issue with the motor or bearings. If you notice smoke coming from your furnace’s exhaust pipe, this could mean that something has caught fire inside of it and needs to be repaired immediately by a licensed HVAC technician. Another sign that your heating system may need servicing is if it doesn’t produce enough heat during cold weather periods or if it does not seem like it’s working at all during warmer weather periods. The most obvious way for you to tell if something is wrong with your heating system would be to check out how much energy bills are increasing each month as compared to previous months; if they’re getting higher than usual, there may be something wrong with your HVAC system, and it should get looked at by professionals right away!
What is HVAC maintenance?
HVAC maintenance is a set of tasks that keep your heating and air conditioning system working properly. If you have an HVAC system in your home, it should be maintained regularly to prevent expensive repairs. Many people think that HVAC maintenance means cleaning the air ducts only once or twice yearly, but this isn’t correct! Your HVAC technician at Sarman Air Company will work with you to determine what services are needed for your specific situation and goals.
Why is HVAC maintenance essential?
- Regular HVAC maintenance can save you money in the long run.
- A well-maintained HVAC system runs more efficiently than one that isn’t maintained, which saves you on energy bills.
- The better your unit is maintained, the longer it will last before needing repairs.
How often to service the air conditioner and furnace
How often should you have your air conditioner and furnace serviced?
Many factors determine the frequency of service for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system:
- Your home’s age, type, and construction. A well-maintained, energy-efficient home will require less maintenance than a poorly insulated older home.
- The climate where you live. More frequent servicing may be needed in humid climates to prevent mould growth on your equipment.
- The use of your system – how much time it runs each day or week
How to do annual air conditioner & furnace maintenance
The following steps should be performed during an annual inspection of your air conditioning unit:
- Perform a thorough examination of the team. Check for worn-out parts or signs of improper operation.
- Check the air filter. If it’s dirty, clean it or replace it with a new one (if you haven’t done this recently).
- Clean the condenser coil. Debris and dirt can build up on the fins and reduce their efficiency, so use a wire brush to remove any buildup before cleaning with water from a garden hose nozzle or pressure washer attachment. Ensure you don’t let the water run into any openings, as this could cause damage to internal components! Also, check for obstructions in nearby gutters that might prevent proper drainage of condensate water away from your home’s foundation; clear these if necessary by using an extension ladder and hand brush (or similar tools) while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles/face shield/respirator mask – even if they aren’t required by law yet…it may not be legal yet but better safe than sorry later on when things get bad enough so that laws change unexpectedly! “
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A properly maintained HVAC system can save you money and improve the efficiency of your home. Here are some tips to help you determine if your current HVAC equipment needs servicing:
- It may be time for a tune-up if your home is feeling too warm or cool.
- If your air conditioner is no longer blowing cool air, it could be time for a new one.
- Suppose there is visible mould or mildew around the vents. In that case, there could be a leak somewhere in the system, causing excess moisture buildup in certain rooms that are not getting enough airflow from the ventilation fan due to clogged filters or dirty coils (the part inside the wave where hot refrigerant gas passes over coils to remove heat). This can cause health problems such as allergies and asthma attacks for those who suffer from them, so make sure to have this looked at as soon as possible!
Clean the condenser coils.
To clean your unit’s condenser coils, remove the cover from the outside of the wave (usually done by removing a screw at each corner) and use a brush to remove dust and debris. Then wipe down all exposed surfaces with a cloth. Do not use water or any other liquid on them! Replace the cover after cleaning it off as well – if you don’t, insects can get inside your system and cause damage!
Check amp draw and voltage.
To check the amp draw and voltage, disconnect the power and remove the cover on the furnace or air conditioner. Then, check for loose wiring or loose connections. If you find any problems, tighten all connections before testing again.
To troubleshoot heated equipment, start by checking that your thermostat is working by setting it to a higher temperature than usual. If the furnace does not turn on, try unplugging it from its electrical outlet for 10 minutes and then plugging it back in again. This will reset the machine’s computer so that it can run correctly again.
If your heating system still does not work after having checked all of these things, call Sarman Air technicians, who can help diagnose what needs to be replaced or repaired for your heating system to work properly.
Inspect the heat exchanger.
Check the fins for damage.
Check the heat exchanger for rust or discoloration.
Check for leaks in the unit, which may be causing an increase in energy usage.
Test the blower motor and oil it as needed.
The blower motor is the fan that pushes air through the system. The goal is to get as much air moving through your HVAC system, but if the blower motor isn’t working correctly, it can cause problems with efficiency and comfort.
When servicing a heating and cooling system, it’s essential to test the blower motor. You should be able to turn on your furnace or air conditioner and listen for a hum inside the unit—this indicates that everything is working correctly. If you don’t hear anything, try switching off power supply lines one by one until you find which line needs repair.
After identifying which part needs service, apply oil to bearings and shafts; this will reduce friction within these components while they’re in use. Also, apply oil to a motor brush (if applicable); this helps reduce friction between meetings and wires leading back into PCB boards
Lubricate moving parts, if necessary.
It is important to regularly lubricate the moving parts of your heating and cooling equipment or have the technician do it for you. This helps extend the life of those parts and keep them functioning correctly. The following are some helpful tips:
- Make sure you know where to lube because an HVAC system has many moving parts in various sizes, shapes, and locations.
- Be sure to use only approved lubricants as specified by the manufacturer; do not use substitutes such as diesel fuel or vegetable oil!
Inspect and replace worn bearings.
Bearings are a common wear item in heating and cooling systems. If you hear a noise while the unit is running, it is likely coming from one of the bearings. The bearings need to be inspected and replaced if they are worn out.
Bearings can be replaced using an impact driver or hammer and chisel, depending on whether sleeve bearing or ball bearing.
Check the thermostat and reprogram it as needed.
Set the thermostat to the same temperature as the room. For example, if you have a bedroom that is 70 degrees, set your thermostat there. If you’re in a kitchen and it’s 80 degrees, put it there too.
If you are home during the day and away at night, make sure that when you return home in the evening and go to bed in the morning, your home is set to be comfortable for sleeping.
Clean condensate drain lines; apply algaecide as needed.
Clean the condensate drain lines.
Clean debris or obstructions from your A/C system’s condensate drain line. A condensate drain line collects excess water that your air conditioner or heat pump has condensed and then carries it outside to prevent overflow into your home. If this area becomes blocked with debris, it can cause severe damage to your unit—and even drive mould growth inside your home! When cleaning out the drain line, make sure also to apply an algaecide as needed (see below).
Apply algaecide as needed. Outdoorsmen recommend applying algaecide regularly throughout the year if you live in a hot climate where algae growth is likely—especially if you’ve recently had an issue with algae buildup on your roof. This will help keep algae from forming on surfaces such as roofs and siding while also preventing it from returning after being washed away by rainwater runoff during storms and heavy rains!
Add refrigerant as needed.
- If the system is not cooling your home correctly, add refrigerant as needed.
- Refrigerant is a gas that is used to cool and heat your home. It’s measured in pounds per square inch (PSI).
- Refrigerant can be added with a particular machine that attaches to the air conditioner or furnace and pumps refrigerant into it.
Test the combustion-air intake and ventilation system for proper operation and safety.
To test the combustion-air intake and ventilation system for proper operation, follow these steps:
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks.
- Ensure the system is not drawing in dangerous fumes or particles from outside. If the unit has a fan, make sure it’s operating correctly. If there are air intakes on the side of your home, make sure they’re not pulling in cigarette smoke or other harmful pollutants.
- Make sure that cold air is not being drawn into your heating-and-cooling unit. This can happen if there are significant gaps around doors or windows, which are usually sealed with weather stripping to prevent drafts but don’t always work perfectly.
- Finally, if you have an attic ventilator (often called a “whole house” ventilator), check that it isn’t pulling hot air from inside onto your roof instead of drawing cooler outdoor air back down into your home through its ductwork—a phenomenon known as reverse flowthrough ventilation
This is an overview of standard maintenance tasks on an HVAC system
- HVAC maintenance keeps your home’s heating and cooling system in good working order.
- An annual service routine can help ensure that your system is running efficiently, which allows you to save money on energy costs and prolongs its lifespan.
- Many homeowners are unaware that they should be doing any maintenance on their HVAC unit or even what this type of routine entails, but there are several easy tasks you can perform yourself—and others that may require a professional’s assistance.
- The following steps will help get your unit ready before winter hits:
HVAC maintenance is vital for keeping your system running efficiently. If you are looking for an HVAC service provider, please call Sarman Air Company. We look forward to helping you with all of your needs!