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Heating and Cooling System -Preventive check-ups and Maintenance

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps are also known as HVAC help regulate the temperature in your home and make it more comfortable.

To ensure that your heating and cooling systems remain effective and efficient, regular maintenance is needed, filters replaced, grills cleaned, etc...

Preventative checkups and maintenance prolong the life of your systems. That is why warranties are only valid if you performed the required maintenance!

Maintenance requirements vary depending on the type of system, so it is best to consult your owner's manual.

But if you are like most of the people we help, the manual is long gone, in this case just book an assessment, we handle those details for you. We put together all that you need to know about your HVAC system and prepare a job plan and a maintenance schedule for you to follow in the future!

For the price of a service call, we assess what is the maintenance needs, and do the basics along the way.

Don't wait for a problem to happen, be proactive and address the ONE thing that most causes system breakdowns - Deferred maintenance.


General Suggested Maintenance Includes:

  1. Inspecting air filtration systems every six months during seasons of peak use and replacing or cleaning dirty filters.

  2. Checking for disconnected or crushed ductwork. Disconnected ducts can result in heated/cooled air being distributed outside or in areas of the house where it is not needed. Crushed ducts restrict airflow and reduce system efficiency.

  3. Sealing duct leaks and insulating ducts to reduce energy loss, especially in the attics, crawl spaces, and unconditioned areas.

  4. Clearing away weeds and debris around outside air-conditioning or heat pump units. Air should circulate freely around the unit.

  5. Hiring us to inspect and assess the deferred maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling systems, and making an assessment of proper functions prior to the season of use (that is, air-conditioning should be inspected in the spring, and furnace should be checked in the fall).


Buying a New Heating and Cooling System

Sometimes fixing is no longer an option...In which case choosing a new heating or cooling system can be daunting.

However, by doing your homework and talking to the right professionals, changing, new installs or upgrading cooling and heating systems can make your home more comfortable and reduce energy costs.

We have the right professionals. Book an assessment and we will visit your home to prepare an assessment and handle to you a detailed recommendation, written and endorsed by very experienced professionals.


Tips to remember when purchasing a new system:

  1. If your heating or cooling system is 15 years or older, purchasing new equipment may be more energy-efficient and save money over the long run.

  2. The type of system you choose will depend on the local climate, the size of the home, the amount of home insulation, and the heating/cooling usage patterns.

  3. Look for systems that carry the ENERGY STAR label.

  4. Air-conditioning units are rated by their seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the rating the more efficient the unit. A unit is considered high efficiency when its SEER ratio is 13 or greater.

  5. Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). High-efficiency units have AFUE ratings above 90 percent.

  6. If choosing an air-source heat pump, which combines cooling and heating, look for one with a SEER of 13 or greater and a heating season performance factor (HSPF) of 7 or greater.


We Can Help You

Need someone to check out your HVAC unit? The Ultimate Handyman can help! We do simple repairs and maintenance on your existing HVAC units and we also do new installations.

Just book an assessment and we will go to you and help with everything that you need to know. We will have all the answers for you.

Or give us a call at (323) 651-0635 or email us.

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