What’s on Your Maintenance Checklist?
Routine maintenance on your home comfort system is important for many reasons: it saves on energy, preserves and lengthens equipment life, reduces the need and expense of repairs and provides a safety check to ward against indoor air dangers, such as carbon monoxide poisoning.
But what exactly does routine maintenance involve? According to ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, your maintenance checklist will typically include the following:
Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use.
Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to ensure that the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.
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