The ABC’s of TLC
Learn What Parts of Your Unit Are Inspected & Why
Nothing can replace the feeling—or the proficiency—of a brand new comfort system. But, what if there was a way to keep your HVAC unit operating as if it were fresh out of the box—even after it has years of operation under its belt? Well, thanks to Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar, now you can.
As the experts for heating and air in San Diego, homeowners expect us to know HVAC units like the back of our hands and, of course, we deliver on this promise. In fact, our superior system familiarity is the reason HVAC units under our care last longer, operate more efficiently and leave our customers with more comfortable spaces than those that aren’t.
The advantages of providing your system with TLC are clear. But what remains blurry is what actually takes place during a checkup—that is, until now. Mauzy’s team is here to explain what parts of your system are inspected during a checkup and why it’s important that these parts receive the TLC that they need.
Let’s Start on the Outside
The outside casing of your HVAC unit shields its internal parts from everyday wear and tear. However, it’s common for dirt, sticks and dust to get stuck or lodged in your system, which causes damage to its parts. And, if these objects aren’t removed, it can restrict your system’s airflow or create a passageway for bugs, animals, water and other items to enter. So to start, our technicians will clear away and remove debris from your unit. This eliminates safety hazards and protects your budget from catastrophe.
Stepping Inside Your Unit
When your HVAC system is dirty or in poor condition, it’s forced to work harder to achieve the comfort you demand. In short, this means your unit uses more energy, which leads to higher monthly utility bills. But inspecting your system’s internal parts keeps your unit operating efficiently, safely and in a more budget-friendly manner.
Here’s what we inspect when we dive into your system:
Filter Out Deficiencies
When dust, dirt, pollen, mold, hair, pet dander and other contaminants enter your system, they adversely affect your unit’s performance. Luckily, air filters stop these particles in their tracks.
But, over time, your air filters can get dirty or become clogged completely. When this happens, it negatively impacts your system’s performance, puts your budget at risk for costly repairs, hinders your comfort and runs the risk of your unit developing long-term efficiency issues—or worse, complete system failure. However, during a checkup, your air filter is cleaned or, if needed, replaced. This ensures that your system continues delivering comfort to your home without overworking to do so.
Taking Your Unit’s Temperature
It’s important that your unit is producing the comfort you desire. That’s why checking the accuracy of your system’s thermostat is at the top of the checklist. This helps you dial in on a more comfortable space at a lower cost.
Keeping Your Unit Safe & Secure
Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the lifespan of major components. So securing your safety and your comfort means tightening all electrical connections and measuring the voltage and current on your unit’s motors.
If a part inside your unit lacks lubrication, it causes friction in your system’s motors and increases the amount of electricity your unit uses. To prevent this, all of the moving parts inside your unit need to be lubricated during a checkup. This keeps your system running smoothly—literally.
Draining Away Your Worries
While operating, your system produces condensation. If this condensation isn’t drained properly, it can cause water damage in your house, increase your indoor environment’s humidity levels and leave behind musty odors. However, HVAC units are equipped with condensate drains that channel this moisture out of your system and your home. During a checkup, this drain line is inspected—and cleaned if necessary.
Keeping Your Unit in Control
Safety is crucial. So to ensure your unit is operating in a proper and secure manner, all of your system’s controls need to be checked. This means examining your system to assure it’s starting, operating and shutting off properly.
Getting Down to the Specifics
Heating and cooling systems operate inversely. This means they are built differently with varying parts that need to be inspected. At Mauzy, we tailor our air conditioner and heater maintenance checkups to align with the system we are inspecting.
You see, when it comes to your air conditioner, inspections include:
– Keeping the evaporator and condenser in your air conditioner’s coils spick and span. You see, dirty coils reduce your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home. This forces it to run longer and work harder than it needs to, which, in turn, increases your energy costs and reduces your equipment’s lifespan.
– Your air conditioner’s refrigerant level is checked and adjusted. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient, increase energy costs and reduce its lifespan.
– Blower components need to be cleaned and adjusted to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.
On the other hand, when it comes to heater service in San Diego, CA, inspections include checking all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchange. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems, while a dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. All of these reduce the safety and efficiency of your heating system.
Contact Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar
When you turn to Mauzy for your HVAC maintenance needs, we do more than ensure that your system is operating efficiently. Our technicians will keep you up to date on your unit’s age and its condition, highlight any potential unit upgrades that are available and help you to increase your unit’s energy efficiency. We’ll also lower your energy bills, extend your system’s lifespan and reduce your unit’s need for costly repairs.
So, if you’re ready to hit the reset button on you unit’s efficiency, fill out our online form or call us at 800.413.MAUZY today!