Homeowners invest a great deal into a home’s HVAC system, and as such, it’s important to ensure the system’s smooth and efficient operation. Regular maintenance is the key to prolonged system health, but not all homeowners know what these visits entail. Below, homeowners can learn what to expect when a tech comes to check on their HVAC system.
Overall Inspection of the System
An HVAC tech will do an overall system inspection, covering the furnace, cooling unit, heat pump, and more. During a maintenance call, they’ll ensure that everything is running smoothly and that nothing needs to be fixed or replaced. However, if the water panel or air filter needs to be changed, they’ll take care of it.
General Safety Check
The technician will also do a safety check to find problems before they become dangerous. They’ll inspect the heat exchanger for pits, cracks, and rust, to ensure that it’s not leaking dangerous and deadly carbon monoxide. If there’s a carbon monoxide detector in the home, the tech will check it for proper operation.
Cleaning and Repairs
Although certain parts can be cleaned by a handy homeowner, routine maintenance calls are a chance for an HVAC tech to clean parts that the owner can’t reach. If repairs must be made, they can be handled during the visit as well. Most repairs are relatively minor; as larger fixes typically get a separate visit.
After the maintenance call, a tech can answer a homeowner’s questions. The post-visit period is the homeowner’s chance to ask about what’s going on with the HVAC system, no matter how small. Techs should carefully and clearly communicate their answers so the owner knows what’s going on. In most cases, they can also provide preventive tips to keep the system running smoothly between visits.
At the close of the maintenance call, the tech should provide a written report on the call and any repairs made. The report is for the homeowner’s reference, and they can look at it if they have questions later on. Whether someone has bought their first system or they’ve owned a home for years, it’s always best to know what to expect when the technician arrives for a service call.