Your air conditioning and heating system is a major part of your home, in the humid and hot areas, we need the air conditioning to dehumidify the air to prevent mold and mildew taking over your home. Not only that, you don’t want to feel uncomfortable and sticky when you walk into your home. The facts are there, if you do not do maintenance on your air conditioning and heating system, if will fail and eventually and stop working.
The least you need to do is change your filter every 1-3 months depending on what type of filter it is you are using, along with other home conditions. But air filters do not catch everything, the rest of the dust, and bacteria that gets through the air filter, goes through your evaporator coil and cycles throughout the house again. Eventually this dust, dead skin, pet hair,dirt etc. is going to accumulate on the evaporator coils and decrease the efficiency of the air conditioning system.
So with that being said, hvac maintenance is essential as there are loads of other problems that can happen if your hvac system is not properly maintained. The easiest way to do this is to hire a professional to come out and service your air conditioning system at least once a year, which is also know as an HVAC maintenance agreement.
HVAC Maintenance agreements are great because you do not have to do the work yourself, and you also are feeling trusted that a professional is analyzing your system and letting you know of any potential problems. Every air conditioning and heating company is different and demands different criteria from their maintenance, but in my opinion a reputable air conditioning company should be checking the following when doing a maintenance. Sub Cool and Super Heat, Heater amps (if applicable), Temperature Difference, Compressor Amps on start up, Fan Motor Amps, Blower Motor Amps, Static Pressures.
Along with that they should be cleaning your evaporator and condensing coils, flushing the drain line, and cleaning the drain pan. Also they should be making you aware of any potential problems that your air conditioning system may be having.
Lots of people may avoid getting air conditioning maintenance contracts because of the price some companies charge to come out and perform the air conditioning maintenance, and a little weary of all of the shady air conditioning companies that are out there. Some may choose to take initiative and perform their own diy home hvac maintenance.
If you are willing to educate yourself on how air conditioning systems operate, and what things you need to look out for, then diy hvac maintenance is not as hard as one may think. You may even be able to diagnose some problems that you may have if your Hvac system is not working at all.
I have wrote an eBook called DIY Hvac Maintenance, just for those that want to save some money and learn how to take care of their air conditioning and heating system, just as some prefer to do their own oil changes on their vehicles, because it saves money, and you know that you have the capability of doing maintenance to the stuff you own.