You probably don’t think about your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system very often. The air conditioner in the summer keeps you comfortable when it’s 100 degrees outside, and the heater keeps you warm during Iowa’s long, snowy winters. As long as those two things are working, you probably don’t give them much thought. HVAC systems are more than just air conditioners and heaters. It has vents and ducts, air filters you need to change periodically, and a thermostat that controls it all. The air conditioning and heating system maintenance doesn’t seem all that complicated, so what’s the big deal?
Your HVAC system is your home’s largest and most expensive appliance, even though you don’t think of it like a refrigerator or stove. It is expensive to run, accounting for almost half of your utility bills, and it is expensive to fix or replace if something goes wrong. Thankfully, preventative maintenance is affordable and worthwhile!
An annual maintenance program for your heating and air conditioning system can help prevent unpleasant surprises and keep your entire system operating efficiently. If your system isn’t tuned up, it may cost you much more in energy bills than it should, and if you haven’t serviced it in a while, it could lead to an expensive breakdown. Annual maintenance is necessary to ensure that your heating and cooling system works during the hottest days and the coldest nights. Here are a few other things you may not know:
A Typical Heating Or Cooling System Inspection Covers About Two Dozen Procedures
An Indianola Mechanical heating and cooling specialist will replace your air filters during an annual maintenance visit, but that’s only one of many steps. If it’s early spring, they’ll also test your thermostat, inspect the condenser coil, check the refrigeration, ensure all safety devices are working, inspect and tighten connections, check the fan blades, test the capacitor, measure the supply and return temperature differential, inspect the ductwork and the compressor, check all the fittings for signs of leakage, clean the condensate drains, and perform seasonal maintenance on the humidifier. Most people do not realize how many parts there are on your air conditioner to clean, inspect, and maintain!
If it’s early Fall, your Indianola Mechanical service technician will perform many of these same tasks to ensure that all your ductwork and other systems are in good shape. They will also test for safe and proper operation of the ignition and exhaust systems, cleaning the furnace burner and heat exchangers, measuring and adjusting gas pressure on gas furnaces, checking the amperage on the blower motor, and monitoring all fittings for possible natural gas leaks.
Depending on the season, your technician will also adjust or balance the dampers so that the proper rooms of your house are heated or cooled as needed.
What Else Do You Get With Your HVAC System Service Visit?
The services that your Indianola Mechanical technician provides are of great value not only to your home and the continued operation of your HVAC system, but also to your water heater, your sump pump, or humidifier. When you think about it, they are all part of the same system. Annual service visits may also include:
- Gas leak inspections
- Water and drain system inspections
- Water pressure tests
- Clogged drain checks
- Water heater and sump pump troubleshooting
- And more depending on your home
What’s The Value Of An Annual Checkup For Your Heating And Cooling System?
You get a lot of bang for your buck when you schedule an HVAC system inspection and maintenance. The benefits of routine maintenance extend far beyond the time spent on the job. Regular checkups on your HVAC system are just as important as regular maintenance on your car.
Furnaces typically last 16 years, air conditioners and heat pumps about 14 years. The average hot water heater must be replaced after 10 years. Routine maintenance can extend the life of each of these expensive appliances. A regularly maintained HVAC system will also run more efficiently, which will make your home more comfortable and lower your utility bills. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your HVAC system has been inspected and is running safely and efficiently makes regular maintenance even more valuable.
For Your HVAC Maintenance, Why Choose Indianola Mechanical?
Our heating and cooling experts in Indianola know what they’re doing. At Indianola Mechanical, we only employ the best technicians and personnel, and we strive to improve our service by continuously training and developing our staff. Our well-stocked service trucks have the parts available that your technician might need, so your system will be back up and running quickly. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust and respect of the homeowners we serve, and we’re happy to do the same for you and your family. We are also proud to offer Maintenance Plus Plans to ensure your home is serviced each year, along with other perks such as discounts and preferential scheduling.