Your furnace or A/C unit is just like any other machine: over time, parts become worn and systems within the machine break down.
Dirt, dust, and all sorts of debris clog pathways and slow down moving parts, ruining the machine’s capability to perform its function. Regular maintenance of a furnace or A/C unit is absolutely necessary if it is to last for years down the road.
Maintenance of an air conditioner or furnace is especially important as they’re often located outside or in dirty, forgotten places in the home (like a basement or closet). These areas are not ideal for machines that run for such long periods of time, no matter how much they are built to protect themselves. Dirt and water will find a way, as can insects and small animals.
To combat everything that assaults your air conditioner or furnace, Atlas recommends biannual inspections. Biannual maintenance visits are part of our Customer Assurance Plan, and are usually performed before the hottest and coldest times of the year. These are the periods where your furnace or A/C will be most in use and must perform its best.
Biannual maintenance visits also alleviate the costs and stress of repeat service calls. Instead of having a technician out when something inevitably goes wrong, you can rest assured that your HVAC systems are performing optimally.
During a maintenance visit, we do many, many things to ensure that your unit is ready for the months ahead. There’s more to furnace and air conditioning maintenance than you might first imagine. To give you an idea of how much maintenance is required, here are just some of the things we do to keep your HVAC systems running smoothly:
- Perform a filter change
- Clean debris fully, including dust, spiderwebs, branches, and animals
- Oil small parts to keep them moving freely
- Perform an amp draw to make sure there are no electrical issues
- Check all lines, check ductwork to ensure optimal airflow, check controls, check wiring and connections
- Inspect and clean the coil
- Check control box
- Perform a Freon draw
- Inspect and clean blower assembly
- Inspect fan belt and motor
- Check drain pan and condensate lines
- Check burner assembly, heat exchanger, and heating elements
As you can see, there are a lot of things that determine the performance of your A/C or furnace—this isn’t even a complete list! Atlas is a HVAC company in Santa Rosa that does all of this and more during our regular maintenance visits. If you’re interested in learning more about our Customer Assurance Plan, call in and speak to Rhonda today!