If you’re like most people then you don’t know what HVAC stands for off the top of your head, but chances are you’ve googled it once to twice, or just now when something has gone wrong with your heat or your air conditioning unit, right? In fact you probably typed in something like “my heat won’t produce hot air” or “my air conditioner isn’t cooling”, whatever you might have typed into the search engine here’s a chance to learn more about how your house keeps you cool or warm.
The official meaning for HVAC is Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The HVAC system flows warm, cool, or dehumidified air through your ducts or vents into your home. When your unit isn’t kicking out hot air or cold air that usually means there’s an issue, or if the unit’s fan isn’t running that can trigger a homeowner to call us. Houses that don’t have HVAC usually run window air conditioning units or have a different method of heating their house such as oil heat or direct heat such as fire places.
Yearly maintenance of your HVAC unit is very important, even if there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with your HVAC unit, yearly maintenance will prevent costly repairs. Repairs can cost up to $300 to $400 bucks depending on if you have one unit, two units, a service fee, a warranty or no warranty. It’s recommended to purchase a warranty for your HVAC system and to ensure it includes, parts, labor, and maintenance checks. Maintenance will include cleaning around the unit, the base pan for blocked drain openings, inspect the coils, the fan blades and the overall unit itself for any damages or debris. Take a look at the individual parts of the HVAC system below to understand more about your unit and why maintenance is important.