Your HVAC Inspection Guide

Your HVAC system not only keeps your home warm or cool, but it helps keep the indoor air clean. However, if you don't maintain your system, it can become inefficient and ineffective while contributing to poor indoor air quality. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

How Often Should You Service the HVAC System?

HVAC specialists recommend servicing the HVAC system once a year. However, if you have heating and cooling, you'll need to service the furnace once each fall and service the air conditioning unit once each spring. This reduces the risk of the system breaking down, especially during peak usage. On top of that, by ensuring the system is clean, lubricated, and sturdy, you keep the system efficient and effective.

What's Included in an Inspection?

An inspection includes a lot of steps. For an air conditioning unit, the technician tests and inspects:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Temperature levels
  • Blower and compression operation
  • Airflow
  • Moving parts
  • Belts

When inspecting the furnace, they check:

  • Airflow
  • Flame sensor
  • Temperature levels
  • Burner
  • Pilot light
  • Flue
  • Blower motor

The technician also cleans both systems and adds any lubrication to any moving parts to prevent friction. Last, they will check and replace/clean the filter.

How Much Does an Inspection Cost?

A routine inspection costs about $325, depending on the amount of time, parts, and labor. If more extensive repairs are needed, you may need to pay extra or schedule a repair. If the ductwork needs cleaning or repair, you may also see additional costs. The size of the system plays a major role in the cost.

Are There Additional Considerations?

Before you request an inspection, consider changing the filter yourself, especially if your system has recently been serviced, but is still having issues. Replacing the filter may fix the problem, but even if you still need an inspection, it saves time and money.

Don't neglect to have your ductwork inspected, repaired, and maintained to boost efficiency. This includes cleaning and repairs, but it also includes adding insulation around ducts. Last, you should determine if a replacement is the better choice. Replace is usually the ideal choice if:

  • The system is old
  • The system needs too many repairs
  • The system breaks down frequently
  • The system is too big/small
  • You want to add additional features like zoned heating or humidifier/dehumidifier

HVAC inspection is an affordable way to help prevent expensive repairs. You'll boost energy efficiency and lengthen the lifespan of the system. For more information or to schedule an HVAC inspection, contact a professional in your area today.