Is your home comfort system properly maintained? The U.S. Department of Energy warns that without the proper preventive maintenance your air conditioner’s performance will suffer a steady decline, while its energy use will steadily increase. In order for your system to operate effectively and efficiently, the following components require regular maintenance by an HVAC expert:
The filter is your air conditioner’s first line of defense against dirt and debris. A clogged, dirty filter can significantly reduce your system’s efficiency. If your air conditioner’s filter is not regularly replaced or cleaned, it can obstruct air flow and allow dirt to be carried directly into the evaporator coil. The result is increased energy consumption and costs. A filter that is kept clean can reduce your system’s energy use by 5 to 15 percent.
Even with a clean filter, your system’s evaporator and condenser coils will collect dirt over time, reducing airflow and increasing energy use and cost. Because the coil is designed to absorb heat, any dirt or buildup here will negatively affect the coil’s ability to do its job. Regular cleaning can prevent this.
If the fins on the evaporator and condenser coils become bent, they will block airflow, reduce efficiency and increase energy use. Regular maintenance can ensure that this does not happen.
It is also important to check the accuracy of your thermostat, detect and eliminate any leaks in the system, as well as check belts, electric terminals, and refrigerant.
Preventive Maintenance Agreements
Contracting with a professional for regular preventive maintenance will extend the life of your home-comfort system and ensure that it operates at peak efficiency. In exchange, it will require fewer repairs, lower energy costs, and delay replacement. It also means that your home will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Contact Smoky Mountain for details about our maintenance agreements, which comes with perks like priority scheduling and discounts.
For years, Asheville residents have trusted the professionals at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air for preventive maintenance. Contact usfor more information about our preventive maintenance agreements and how they can save you both money and energy.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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