So, it's the time of year when a professional HVAC cleaning needs to be scheduled – but which service provider should you choose to hire for the job? By making sure that the technician you decide to work with offers the following services, you'll greatly increase the chance of being satisfied with their overall service:
As your air conditioner and heater works throughout the year, dust and debris builds up in the duct system, which can create clogs and even damage the air ducts themselves. So, make sure that the service technician you hire to come clean your HVAC system does a complete duct inspection, cleans them where necessary, and addresses any areas of damage that are discovered so said damage doesn't become too serious or expensive to repair later. When choosing a prospective service provider to work with, ask them to provide you with a list of procedures they use when cleaning your HVAC system so you know exactly how much attention they'll give to your air ducts.
It's also important that your service technician replace the air filters in your HVAC system when they come to clean it, even if the filters seem to still be in good condition. Brand new filters will optimize air flow, make it easier for your newly cleaned system to operate, and help ensure optimal performance overall. Not only should your service technician bring along filters to replace your current ones with, but they should provide you with extras that can be used between cleaning appointments in case a rip or tear develops.
After cleaning your HVAC system and before leaving, your service technician should sit down and provide you with some basic maintenance training that can be utilized between professional visits to keep your system in tip-top shape. They should explain how to change the filters and clean them if they aren't disposable. You should also receive information about inspecting the refrigerant lines and checking for compressor and fan blade damage. Make sure that your service technician provides you with a do-it-yourself maintenance checklist to refer to throughout the year. If they don't have one already created and printed, have them write down the maintenance steps you should be taking until they return for another professional cleaning.
These are important services that your service technician should offer during an HVAC cleaning, but it's a good idea to expand this list with a few of your own expectations and preferences to ensure that all your needs are met overall.