It is without a shadow of a doubt regular AC maintenance does more good for your HVAC unit in the long run. If not for anything else, you get to improve the quality of air that you breathe. You might want to take HVAC maintenance seriously when you have an asthmatic person in your household, and they seem to be having endless coughs and making endless trips to the ER.
If you have been experiencing high energy bills, it could be an indicator you need to get your AC unit checked. You don’t have to wait for your air conditioner unit to start making that squeaky sound to call in a professional.
When you have a serviced AC means it will be performing at its best; hence the consumption will go down significantly. The other notable advantage of having your HVAC unit maintained and serviced regularly is to ensure its longevity. This may have a huge toll on the HVAC parts and will only be a matter of time before the parts break down.
That said, AC maintenance is best done by professionals, unless of course, you are the most experienced DIY technician in AC maintenance. A well-trained technician will not only identify but will also fix possible air conditioning system problems that are about to happen. Your technician should be in a position to cover the following critical areas of HVAC maintenance.
Your technician should be in a position to use a leak detector to check whether or not the refrigerant is leaking and to ensure the amount available is sufficient for optimal performance. In case there are leaks, a professional technician should be in a position to capture the refrigerant that should be evacuated from the unit, instead of releasing it to the air. Regular AC maintenance also entails having any duct leakages checked and sealed.
The evaporator oil should also be checked to have the right flow of air for optimal functionality of your HVAC system. A technician should also inspect all electrical terminals of your HVAC unit, ensuring the connections are cleaned and tightened accordingly and if need be have a non-conductive coating applied. Further, they should check that the thermostat is accurate and that the oil belts and motors are tightened accordingly. Last but not least, your technician should verify that the right electric control sequence is taking place to ensure both the heating and cooling systems are not operating simultaneously. A good technician will not only do regular maintenance on the obvious fins, coils, and filters; they should also be in a position to work on the conditions mentioned above.