Preventive Maintenance = Savings
Preventive maintenance agreements are agreements between you and Arctic Air Inc for scheduled inspections and maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
No one likes to waste money, especially not on higher electric or gas bills. Preventive maintenance will keep your air conditioner and heater running at its peak performance.
Preventive Maintenance Agreements are generally scheduled semi-annually to maintain peak efficiency, prevent utility over payment, and avert system failures through predictive maintenance that can help extend the life of your HVAC system. Sometimes preventive maintenance agreements are also referred to as “tune ups”, “start ups”, “planned maintenance agreements,” “start and checks,” or “preventative service agreements.” Preventive Maintenance Agreements usually consist of fall and spring scheduled sessions for an service technician to go through your entire HVAC system preparing it for the upcoming season in a proactive approach before system failure and prior to over paying your utility company.
The HVAC system is most likely the single biggest use of energy in your home. In commercial applications where refrigeration is applied (combined with the HVAC systems), huge amounts of energy are used in the building. In fact, over one third of the energy used in the United States is used to heat and cool buildings.
According to the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE) up to 50% more energy can be saved with proper installation, sizing, and preventive maintenance of commercial central air conditioning and heat pumps.
Out of Sight, NOT Out of Mind
The old but true cliché “out of sight, out of mind” is often the reason for neglected maintenance guidelines for your HVAC system. HVAC systems are usually installed where they aren’t seen, such as in a section of the basement, a closet, on rooftops, or in mechanical rooms, making them easy to ignore. The systems are simply taken for granted, until they fail. Decreased efficiency, utility over payment, discomfort, loss of productivity, eventual premature replacement, and higher repair costs are the result.
Just because your HVAC system is out of sight, does not mean it can be neglected. Getting your HVAC system checked twice annually is just as important as changing the oil in your car every 3,000 miles (aka Preventive Maintenance)!
What should you expect your service technician to do during a Preventive Maintenance visit?
- Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence where appropriate.
- Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
- Ensure proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
- Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates where appropriate.
- Clean and lubricate motors as required.
- Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
- Inspect, clean and balance blowers as required.
Spring Preventive Maintenance (preparation for summer season):
- Clean inside coil, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
- Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
- Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak. (According to many equipment manufacturers, a 10% refrigerant loss will result in a 20% decrease in system efficiency!)
Fall Preventive Maintenance (preparation for winter season):
Note: For heat pump applications, winter season inspections repeat a number of the summer preventive maintenance procedures plus several additional checks. Maintaining semi-annual Preventive Maintenance for heat pumps is also important.
- Clean the burner assembly.
- Remove soot from fireside of burner.
- Clean and check operation of humidifier.
- Visually or with remote camera, inspect heat exchanger for cracks.
- Adjust air/fuel ratio of burner and perform combustion analysis. (Instrumentation used for combustion analysis is a means of fine-tuning a burner to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and “optimum firing.”)
What’s your bottom line?
- Savings: Preventive Maintenance Agreements typically more than pay for themselves through higher efficiency, less utility overpayment, and contractor discounts. Preventive Maintenance Agreement customers receive a 10% Parts discount on all parts during the entire year.
- Peace of Mind: Preventive maintenance will mean fewer system failures and a longer life for your HVAC equipment.
- Priority Service: Should a system failure occur during the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, customers with Preventive Maintenance Agreements receive priority service.
- Continuity: The service technician becomes more familiar with you and your equipment.
Call Arctic Air Inc at 843-821-0937 or Click Here to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment.