Did you know that it costs less to maintain your HVAC equipment than to repair it? When it comes to your home comfort, and the systems that work hard to maintain it, it really is true—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Planned maintenance plans, known here at Rodenhiser as “Service Partner” protection plans, are designed to give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your system components will come through for you when you need them. That’s why we highly recommend these plans for all homeowners in the Rt. 495/128 area.
We offer service plans for plumbing, heating and cooling. Why is this type of regular maintenance important? Well, think about what happens to your vehicle when you fail to maintain it properly. Preventative maintenance prevents repairs and breakdowns that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year. Not only that, maintenance visits can save you up to 30% on your energy bills simply because they help keep your system running efficiently.
Service agreements are scheduled inspections and maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Plumbing agreements include a thorough inspection of your plumbing system. When you have your systems regularly checked, you increase efficiency, reduce utility bills, and prevent system failure. Regular inspections can help extend the life of these systems, as well.
During a scheduled maintenance visit, you can expect your technician to do the following:
- 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.
Certain inspections are specific to your cooling system, and others to your heating system.
Cooling system maintenance:
- Clean coils, 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!
- Check thermostat controls.
Heating system maintenance:
- Clean the burner assembly.
- Remove soot from fireside of burner.
- Clean and check operation of humidifier.
- Check filters, clean and/or replace as necessary.
- Check pressure switches.
- Water heaters: Check thermostat controls, vent assembly, drain tank and clear sediment.
- Toilets: Inspect for leaks and proper flush, adjust float ball, check water measuring device.
- Water pressure: Check pressure, adjust regulator as necessary.
- Drains/pipes: Check for corrosion and proper operation.
- Valves/connections: Check shut-off calves and outside faucets, washing machine connections.
Are maintenance plans a wise investment? According to the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE), up to 50% more energy can be saved with proper installation, sizing, and maintenance of HVAC systems. Expensive plumbing repairs can also be avoided. Maintenance visits usually pay for themselves through these savings, making them a good investment in your home and your home comfort.
Ask us about preventative maintenance and what it can do for you. We can help you start saving money on your energy bills, and bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your systems will always come through for you when you need them. Rodenhiser Service Partner Plan brochures are available for download by visiting www.rodenhiser.com.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about saving money with programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Solutions Guide.