When you own a home with an HVAC system, keeping it maintained should be at the top of your list. Proper maintenance will help prevent any premature wear and tear and can help prevent any major problems or repairs. One way to keep your HVAC in great shape is with an HVAC inspection. Here are some things you should know:
Why Should You Have an HVAC Inspection?
HVAC technicians advise homeowners to have the system inspected before hot and cold weather seasons begin. You should have the inspection done before there is a major shift in the temperature in the event you have a problem that prevents the HVAC from heating or cooling the house.
You should also check with your warranty for your HVAC system. Some warranties require that you have an annual HVAC inspection. If you do not have the inspection, the manufacturer may void your warranty if you have damage.
What Does the Inspection Include?
Your HVAC contractor will check all the components of your system. Typically, the technician will make sure there are no leaks or blockages in any of the lines. He or she will also check the fan, look for corrosion or rust on all the components, and check the blower access door for a tight seal.
The technician will also check the condensate drain to ensure it is not blocked. If there is a blockage, the technician will remove the blockage to prevent further problems. Your technician will also check the blower wheel, wiring, and filters. There may be more specific checks your technician will conduct based on the type of system you own.
Can You Do the Inspection Yourself?
If you are a licensed HVAC technician, you can do your inspection. If you do not have the necessary HVAC training, you can do a basic check of your system to see if there is any outward damage, but you need to have a trained professional to conduct a true inspection, especially if required by your warranty.
Keeping your HVAC system healthy with regular inspections is a great way to catch problems early. You may have a problem that you are unaware of, which can quickly become worse and require expensive repairs. Also, do not assume you do not need an inspection if your system is brand new. You never know when a part will suddenly break or a component will leak. It is best practice to schedule inspections to keep your system fully operational.