What Should I Expect From a Maintenance Visit?
Posted on: December 8, 2014 | by: Will Housh
As a homeowner, you’ve invested a lot into your HVAC system and it’s important to make sure it’s working right and running smoothly and efficiently. The key to an HVAC system’s health? Regular maintenance. However, not every homeowner knows what a maintenance visit entails.
Have a technician coming soon to check on your HVAC system and perform maintenance? Here’s what to expect:
You Should Expect…
An Overall System Check
Your HVAC technician should do an overall check of the system, including the furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, etc. During the maintenance visit, they’ll make sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently and nothing needs to be repaired or replaced. If indeed the air filter or water panel needs replaced, they’ll take care of replacing those items.
A General Safety Check
Your technician will perform a general safety check on the system to look for any problems that could prove dangerous to your family or home. They will inspect your heat exchanger for cracks, pits, or rust to be certain your system is not leaking carbon monoxide that could be extremely harmful to your family and in some cases, even deadly. If you have a carbon monoxide detector, the technician will also check that to ensure it works properly and there aren’t dangerous levels of gasses in your home.
Although there are things you can clean yourself, a routine maintenance visit is a chance for the HVAC technician to clean any components of an HVAC system that you can’t.
Any Necessary Repairs
If there are any repairs that need to be made, the technician will complete them during the visit. Generally, these will be pretty minor, as big repairs usually get their own visit. During a routine visit, technicians will fix any small issues that have cropped up, like replacing worn out parts or tightening and aligning belts.
Any Questions Answered
After the maintenance visit is over, the technician should answer any questions you have. This is your chance to ask about anything going on with your HVAC system, no matter how trivial it seems. They will clearly communicate all answers so you understand what’s going on.
They may also give you tips on what preventative steps you can take between visits, such as when to replace air filters and how to keep things in good working order.
A Written Report
At the end of the maintenance visit, the technician should give you a written report summarizing what the visit entailed and what, if any, repairs that were made. This is for your reference and in case you have any questions later.
Whether you’ve just bought your first HVAC system or have been a homeowner for years, it’s always good to know what to expect when your HVAC technician comes to call.
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