When we come out twice a year for the preventive maintenance service included in our Service Partner Plan, we thoroughly inspect your HVAC system and perform several different maintenance tasks as needed. While we can perform your SPP maintenance services at any time of year, the steps we take can vary slightly depending on the season.
People often think of spring and fall as the times of year for maintenance, but we can perform your SPP service in the summer too. As long as it gets done twice a year, that’s what matters most! Let’s take a look at what we do for preventive maintenance in the summer.
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First on our evaluation checklist is your thermostat. We’ll check that your thermostat is correctly calibrated, properly mounted, and programmed to best suit your needs. Your thermostat controls the rest of your HVAC system, so it’s important to make sure it’s working properly.
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Air Conditioner/Heat Pump
Next, we’ll check out your air conditioner or heat pump. This includes checking for refrigerant leaks and refrigerant pressure. If the refrigerant needs to be recharged, that’s best done when the outside temperature is above 65F. You can pretty well guarantee it’ll be warm enough for that in the summer!
We also check the electrical components of your air conditioner or heat pump. This includes measuring the amps of the compressor and condensing fan motor, as well as checking the outdoor capacitor.
Cleaning the outside coils is another step in the summer maintenance service. Keeping your coils clean can help keep mold out of your home’s air and make your system run more efficiently.
We also check things like the growth of shrubs and other plants around your unit. This is an important thing to keep an eye on during the summer. If these plants or other debris get too close to your unit, they can block airflow.
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Your ductwork is another important but often overlooked part of your HVAC system. Our summer maintenance service includes checking that your ducts are properly insulated and strapped. It is also necessary to check that the boots and filter box are sealed.
We check your return and supply static pressure to make sure that your system has the right amount of airflow through the ducts. We check that your registers are clean to reduce dust, and we even check out the condition of your dryer vent.
Indoor Air Quality
Evaluating indoor air quality issues and inspecting and maintaining IAQ equipment is part of our summer service too. We’ll check the condition of your return air filter to see whether it’s getting changed often enough.
And we’ll ask questions about allergies and sinus issues to help determine whether IAQ products might be helpful for your home. We also look for mold growth on surfaces and inspect room humidifiers and air cleaners.
If you have a furnace, we’ll check all gas connections for leaks, check the heat exchanger, make sure that the burners are clean, and check that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Some furnace maintenance tasks, such as combustion analysis, can only be performed during cold weather in order to avoid overheating, so we won’t be able to do a full inspection on the furnace at a summer SPP service.
For the air handler and evaporator coils, we check the blower motor’s amps and its capacitor, along with the condition of the coils and the blower wheel. We also check the drain pan and drain lines to make sure the lines are clear and draining properly.
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Finally, we check the electrical portion of your HVAC system. This includes inspecting the disconnects, breakers, and wiring, as well as checking circuit boards for burn marks.