30 Sep When should you get an HVAC tune-up?
Transition months are an ideal time for a system tune-up
Your HVAC unit has been working hard, putting in long hours, and probably hasn’t had a day off in months. It’s hard to believe, but we’re still waking up to forecasts in the 90s in Tennessee.
Think about how much you’ve sweat this summer. Think about how draining it has been for you to work outside, and how hard it has been to cool off. Your air conditioner has had a similar experience.
However, that is about to change. With a little rain on the way, temperatures could drop to the 70s as soon as the second week of October. And with some luck, your air conditioner may finally get to rest a little in the next few weeks.
As your air conditioner has run around the clock, it has sucked up dust and leaves and debris. Keeping you cool can be a dirty job. So don’t just forget about your air conditioner until next summer. Reward it by giving it the care it needs after a job well done.
Your air conditioner should be tuned up once a year. If you haven’t done that yet this year, now would be a good time to book an appointment with us. The air conditioning tune-up consists of a filter check, compressor performance, freon charge, all safety controls, test crankcase heater, operating pressure. We will also inspect condenser coil, evaporator coil, evaporator drain pan, condensate drain, blower and clean if necessary. We’ll record superheat. We’ll lubricate all necessary parts. And, finally, we’ll clean and calibrate the thermostat.
As your air conditioner gets less use, it’s a good idea to make sure your furnace is ready for fall.
One way you can do this on your own is to open your windows, crank up the heat and let your furnace run for a little while. Go ahead and check to see that everything is working properly now so that you won’t be without heat once the colder days arrive. You can also give us a call for a heating tune-up.
The Roscoe Brown annual heating tune-up consists of filter check, gas valve, operation of safety controls, sequencer, heating element in operation, CO level, heat exchanger; clean blower, interior of manifold compartment, pilot, burners; test for gas leaks; clean and calibrate thermostat; check and clean humidifier; check heat pump reversing valve and defrost cycle.
Heating and Air Maintenance Agreement
As always, we recommend you sign up for Roscoe Brown’s Heating and Air Maintenance Plan. The single most important step you can take to save money, save energy, extend your current equipment’s life and live comfortably in your home is to schedule semi-annual (twice a year) maintenance on your HVAC system. With it, you can rest assured your home will remain comfortable and operate efficiently and economically all year long.
Twice-annual system tune-ups:
- Improve efficiency and reduce your energy bills by keeping your equipment running at optimum performance.
- Extend the life of your equipment four to six years, or 25%, saving you money over the long run.
- Result in your experiencing fewer costly repairs by diagnosing problems early, and giving you a chance to make less-costly interim repairs to keep your current system working.
- Keep your unit under the manufacturer’s warranty terms.