Planned Maintenance Program

RAH Yearly Maintenance

Why is HVAC preventative maintenance essential?

  • Saves money
  • Prevents costly breakdowns
  • Reduces energy bills
  • Extends the life of your system
  • Keeps your system protected under manufacturer warranty
  • Provides safety, comfort, and peace of mind

Why is it important to clean your condenser coils?

It is recommended to have your condenser coils cleaned at least once a year. Because condenser coils are located outside, they are exposed to dirt, debris, and other elements from the environment outdoors. Dirt naturally builds up on condenser coils over time and that buildup can cause some very serious problems. Condenser coils play one of the biggest roles in your air conditioner’s cooling process.

  •  Your home won’t cool properly. 

When dirt builds up on your condenser coils, it produces a layer on the coils that acts as a barrier between the air that’s blown over the coils and the heat inside the refrigerant that flows through them. This makes it harder for heat to transfer from the coils to the air outside, which means that heat will not be adequately removed from your home. If your home is not staying as cool as you would like, dirty condenser coils might be to blame.

  • Your energy bills will be high. 

Because dirty condenser coils make it difficult for your air conditioner to cool your home, you system will have to work much harder and longer to try and compensate. This leads to high cooling bills because your system will have to consume much more energy than usual.

  • Your system might break down. 

Any time that your air conditioner has to work harder than normal, the chances of it breaking down greatly increase. This strain is commonly associated with premature failure of condenser motors, compressor, capacitors, and can eventually cause refrigerant leaks.

Why is it important to have clean evaporator coils?

Evaporator coils are located inside your enclosed HVAC in your home protected by filters, therefore, don't need to be cleaned as often as condenser coils. However, they need to be inspected to ensure they are cleaned as needed. Any layer of dirt or grime over the coil and fins of the evaporator will trigger multiple problems:

  • Drop in cooling efficiency: 

Dirt along a coil creates a layer of insulation between the air and the refrigerant in the coil. This makes it much harder for the refrigerant to absorb heat from the air, and this will result in a rise in temperatures. An air conditioner won’t be able to handle the cooling expected from it with a dirty coil.

  • Development of ice on the coil: 

If the restriction of heat absorption along the coil becomes restricted enough, the refrigerant in it won’t warm up past freezing. Water moisture along the coil will then freeze. This ice further impedes the evaporator coil from doing its job. The ice will continue to build-up until heat absorption is completely blocked. The ice can also cause damage to the fins and coil from warping.

  • Clogged condensate drain: 

As the evaporator coil absorbs heat, it also causes moisture to condense along it. This excess water drips down from the coil and into a pan, where a drain removes it into the wastewater system. But if the water dripping from the coil contains dirt, this will become lodged in the drain, eventually creating a complete clog. Water will overflow from the condensate drain, creating water damage, high humidity, unpleasant moldy odors, and even health hazards from toxic mold spores.

  • Costly repairs: 

Inadequate cooling, AC constantly running to keep up with temperature set, and over condensation will all trigger multiple problems with other components of your AC system, like motors, capacitors, compressors, refrigerant leaks, and so forth....

Why is it important to change your air filters regularly?

Clogged air filters are the most common cause of HVAC system failure. As the air cycles through your home and passes through the filters the filters catch the particulates in the air. Dirty filters cause restrictions in airflow causing blower motor to work harder to force air through and can cause system to overheat or freeze up.

In normal circumstances, media filters, which are located on return air side of your furnace or air-handler, should be replaced every 6 months. Return air grill filters are recommended to be replaced on a monthly basis or as needed.

Why is it important to have yearly preventative maintenance on your HVAC system?

Just as it's important to have regular maintenance on your car, it's also very important to have regular maintenance on your HVAC system. Your HVAC system runs constantly year round, battling extreme temperatures and climates. It is essential for providing safety and comfort to your home throughout our hot summers, cold winters, and very humid climate. As your main source of comfort from extreme outdoor temperatures, your HVAC system uses the most energy of any single appliance in your home: on average over 46% percent of U.S. home's energy consumption. That's why it's so important that your cooling & heating system is safely, reliably, and efficiently working when you need it the most.