systems these days have higher efficiency and better performance than ever. But if you’re not giving your system the attention it deserves, you may be missing out on the advantages offered by the innovative technology. Older systems may also show signs of performance decline, but there are ways to keep your older system running strong as well. While regular maintenance of any HVAC system is paramount to its performance, routine upkeep often gets overlooked. Let’s look at why a preventive maintenance plan can keep your HVAC system running smoothly, ensure high performance and reduced operations costs. In this 2 part series, we will discuss the importance of regular HVAC system maintenance and inspection, and in part 2 we will look at how LG is providing better care for customers through a comprehensive preventive maintenance program.
An HVAC system is typically the most expensive piece of equipment in a building and also the most expensive to operate. If you have an HVAC system installed, your primary goal should be to keep it running as long and as efficiently as possible. A preventive maintenance plan is the most effective way to make the most of your system. Yet, some people wait until a problem occurs to service their HVAC units and this practice results in poor performance, lower efficiency, and exorbitant repair costs. Implementing a preventive maintenance plan can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be so complicated and it will definitely be worth it in the end. Here are some simple steps to follow for maintaining your HVAC system.
Monitoring your thermostat is an easy way to check that your system is running properly
Monitor your system to stay ahead of impending issues by checking airflow and the temperature of the air coming from indoor units.
Basic monthly maintenance can entail changing filters and cleaning vents or registers. You can also easily check that thermostats are set for proper temperatures.
Checking and repairing basic electrical components such as wiring goes a long way to avoid larger problems in the future. Clear outdoor units from debris and cleaning them if needed will save exposed components from blockage or wear.
Clearing your outdoor unit from debris and examining exposed components should be done regularly
Inspecting and repairing larger components such as fan motors or compressors on a yearly basis can go a long way to keeping your system performing better and preventing the need for more critical repairs in the future. It is also a good idea to check other elements such as duct insulation and coils for damage or corrosion.
Why all the Fuss?
There are many advantages to regular upkeep of your HVAC system and here are a few that put the importance of keeping your system running smoothly into perspective.
Regular HVAC system maintenance provides many benefits that make it worth your time
Higher Efficiency, Lower Energy Costs
Failing to maintain your HVAC system will ultimately lead to an increase in energy costs. When your system isn’t operating at top efficiency, your bank account suffers.
Avoid Expensive Repair Costs
Staying on top of your system’s performance will reduce repair costs in the future. With regular inspection, you can discover issues such as worn belts or other faulty components and fix them before they cause more serious problems and require expensive repairs or system replacement.
Fend off Urgent Repairs
Regular system maintenance can prevent an untimely disaster. If your HVAC system breaks down in the middle of the summer, you may end up with some stuffy and unhappy friend and family. Stay out in front of urgent repairs to keep your system dependable and your home safe and comfortable.
Improve System Life Cycle
You can keep your system running longer by maintaining proper operation. When not in top shape, your HVAC system will experience unnecessary strain and this will shorten its lifetime. This will also give you a better return on your investment.
Monitoring and maintaining your system creates a healthier environment with cleaner air
Do it for Your Health
Cleaning and maintaining your system will also provide a healthier environment for your building occupants or family. When your HVAC system suffers, so does the quality of air it provides. You and everyone in your building can breathe easier with regular system inspection and the removal of dust and mold from vents and ducts.
With this article, we want you to get the most out of your HVAC system and hope you can use these steps as a foundation for creating a preventive maintenance plan to keep your system running smoothly. We will be back with the 2nd part in this to take a closer look at LG’s total maintenance service program and how it benefits customers.