Manufacturers recommend that you have an inspection performed on your HVAC system at least once a year. But why? The main reason is to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency and to test out its operation before cold weather approaches. It’s better to know that your system has a problem before you depend on it to keep your family warm this winter.
Trane, a major manufacturer of HVAC systems, states:
Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control.”
A professional inspection of your HVAC system will also include important checks like a carbon monoxide safety test (gas unit). As carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, these checks can be lifesaving and help prevent serious harm.
Heating system inspections can also help to make sure you are set for the upcoming cold weather. Maximizing your system’s efficiency can help you control energy costs all season long.
Do I Really Need an Inspection?
Like manufacturers, we recommend that our customers have an inspection tune-up performed at least once a year, no matter the age of the unit. Just like servicing your car whether it has 10,000 miles or 210,000 miles, having an inspection tune-up performed annually on your heating and cooling system helps make sure everything is working properly.
What is a Heating System Efficiency Tune-Up?
An Efficiency Tune-Up is more than an inspection of your unit in that it also provides an efficiency diagnostic test, as well as includes steps to clean and test your unit.
When a BGE HOME technician comes to your home, you can expect him to perform a 21-point tune-up on your heating system, which includes:
- Perform carbon monoxide safety test (gas unit)
- Measure combustion efficiency (gas unit)
- Inspect safety controls and unit wiring
- Level, calibrate and test thermostat operation
- Inspect and clean filters
- Inspect blower assembly and lubricate fan motor
- Test motor capacitors
- And more
How often should I get an Efficiency Tune-Up?
You wouldn’t drive your car for thousands and thousands of miles without getting your oil changed, would you? The same mentality should be taken when it comes to your heating and cooling system. Having a tune-up performed at least once a year will help make sure your unit is operating at peak efficiency.
Why should I get a Heating System Efficiency Tune-Up from a Professional?
Your heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems in your house. Having a licensed professional perform your efficiency tune-up ensures that it is done properly.
A thorough inspection will help make sure your unit is operating at peak efficiency. Even little things like a partially clogged indoor or outdoor coil, an improper refrigerant level or a dirty air filter will cause your unit to work harder and use more energy than it needs to.
BGE HOME can help you prepare for the upcoming season. Use our simple online form to schedule a 21-point heating system efficiency tune-up with BGE HOME.