An HVAC tune-up is a service performed by an HVAC contractor to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. The tune-up usually consists of a thorough cleaning of all the parts of the system, as well as a check of all the moving parts to make sure they’re in good working order. Additionally, the contractor may also test the system’s refrigerant levels and make adjustments if necessary.
The purpose of an HVAC tune-up is to ensure that your system is operating at maximum efficiency and providing you with the best possible indoor air quality. An improperly tuned or maintained HVAC system can lead to increased energy costs, reduced air quality, shortened equipment life, and other issues that can negatively impact your comfort level in your home or business. By having a contractor perform this service on a regular basis, you can be sure that your system is operating at peak efficiency and helping to keep your energy bills low.
While the specifics of an HVAC tune-up will vary depending on the type of system you have and the contractor performing the service, there are some common elements that are usually included. Here’s a look at what you can expect from an HVAC tune-up:
Clean or replace your air filter
One of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to regularly clean or replace your air filter. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder, which can lead to increased energy bills and premature wear and tear on your system. Check your air filter monthly and clean or replace it as needed.
Inspect your ductwork
Another important part of maintaining your HVAC system is to have your ductwork inspected regularly for leaks. Leaky ductwork can not only waste energy but also allow dust, pollen, and other allergens into your home. Schedule a professional inspection of your ductwork every few years and make repairs as necessary.
Check your thermostat settings
Make sure your thermostat is set to the proper temperature for both heating and cooling. During the summer, you’ll want to set it to 78 degrees or higher; in the winter, set it to 68 degrees or lower. Additionally, make sure your thermostat is set to “auto” rather than “on” so that it only runs when needed.
Inspect the condenser coil
If your system has an exterior condenser unit, be sure to keep the area around it clear of debris. Additionally, inspect the coil for signs of damage or corrosion and have it cleaned or replaced as needed.
Check the refrigerant levels and pressure in the system
If the pressure and levels are low, you will need to add more Freon to the system. You can do this by checking the pressure gauge and adding more Freon as needed. Make sure to check the level of the refrigerant in the system as well so that you don’t overfill it. Freon levels can be checked by using a pressure gauge or a sight glass.
If the pressure and levels are too high, you will need to bleed off some of the Freon. You can do this by opening the bleeder valve and letting some of the Freon escape. Make sure to check the level of the refrigerant in the system so that you don’t underfill it. Freon levels can be checked by using a pressure gauge or a sight glass.
Lubricate all moving parts
Lubricate all of the moving parts in the system to keep them running smoothly. This includes the fan motor, blower motor, and any other bearings in the system. Use a lubricant that is designed for use with HVAC systems and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean the evaporator coil
If your system has an evaporator coil, be sure to have it cleaned on a regular basis. A dirty evaporator coil can cause your system to work harder and waste energy. You can clean the evaporator coil yourself with a brush or by vacuuming it; however, it’s best to leave this task to a professional contractor.
Tighten any loose screws or bolts
Tighten any loose screws or bolts that you find in the system. This will help to prevent vibration and noise.
Test the safety controls
Test all of the safety controls in the system to make sure they are working properly. Inspect all of the electrical connections in the system and tighten them as needed. This includes the thermostat, pressure switches, and circuit breakers to help prevent any potential problems with the system.
Check for proper airflow
Make sure there is adequate airflow through the system by checking the vents and registers. If you find that there is restricted airflow, clean the vents and registers and check for any obstruction in the ductwork.
So, there you have it! Everything you need to know in order to give your HVAC system a good tune-up. Of course, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or would just rather not deal with it, don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 848-4822. Momentum AC Services in Tampa would be more than happy to take care of everything for you.