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Controlled Air Maintenance Tips
Important For Your Comfort – And Peace of Mind
During its lifetime, it’s only logical to assume your home comfort system might need an occasional “tune-up” along the way. Would you drive your car 100,000 miles without oil changes or some kind of maintenance? The same holds true for your home comfort system.
Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. It also keeps your system running at its optimal efficiency levels, which keeps energy usage – and your energy bills – in check. But just as important, preventative system maintenance gives you peace of mind.
Pre-season maintenance can help you avoid a system failure on the hottest or coldest day of the year. It can also help you avoid a frantic search for an air conditioning or heating dealer that can repair or replace your broken system.
Many servicing dealers provide priority service for their customers who have an annual maintenance or service agreement. Your existing relationship with a servicing dealer is worth its weight in gold when it’s a 95-degree July day and your air conditioning system has stopped working.
Replacing Your System
If you’re thinking about replacing an aging home comfort system, your local independent Trane dealer can offer guidance on proper preventative maintenance as well as annual maintenance and service agreements. At this time, you’ll also want to inquire about Trane’s Optional Extended Warranties. If your dealer does not offer Trane Optional Extended Warranties, contact one of our independent or company-owned distribution centers for information.
Air Conditioning and Heating System Maintenance – When To Do It
If your air conditioning system both heats and cools your home, you should have maintenance performed in the spring and fall. If you have a air conditioning-only or heating-only system, maintenance should be performed at least once a year prior to the heating or air conditioning season. For a list of what you should expect during a preventative maintenance service check-up, check out our suggested pre-season preventative maintenance checklist.
An Inside Look At System Maintenance
Expect your servicing dealer to do a complete system operation check in both cooling and heating modes. If you have a heat pump, your dealer should check the defrost operation, as well. All other major components and safety devices should be checked. The air conditioner’s coils, both indoors and out, should be cleaned, as well as the indoor blower housing and blower wheel. Most modern residential air conditioning and heating fan motors have permanently-lubricated bearings so no additional lubrication is needed.
All Trane residential air conditioning systems produced after 1985 have a direct-drive blower, which means there are no fan belts to inspect. However, if you have an older system with a fan belt, be sure to have the fan belts checked and replaced if needed. Your duct system should also be checked. Inefficient operation can be caused by return air leaks located in non-air conditioned spaces like attics or crawl areas. Hot or cold air is drawn in through the leak, which is then heated or cooled by your system. This decreases your system’s ability to heat or cool your home and also increases your energy bill.