In summary, a THOROUGH inspection and cleaning.
Just like your favorite car, your heating and cooling system needs a regular visit from the mechanic to keep it purring. Without regular service, heating and cooling systems burn more fuel and are more likely to break down. With the proper attention, they can keep you comfortable year-round-- as they are supposed to.
Heat pumps and oil-fired furnaces and boilers need a yearly professional tune-up. Gas-fired equipment burns cleaner; it should be serviced every other year. A close inspection will uncover leaks, soot, rust, rot, corroded electrical contacts and frayed wires. In forced-air furnaces and hot-water boilers, the inspection also covers the chimney, ductwork or pipes, dampers or valves, blowers or pumps, registers or radiators, the fuel line and the gas meter or oil tank—as well as every part of the furnace or boiler itself.
Next, the system is run through a full heating cycle to ensure that it has plenty of combustion air and chimney draft. Contractors can use specialty meters to check for sufficient draft and also test the air for carbon monoxide.
Finally, it's time for the down and dirty task of cleaning the burner and heat exchanger to remove soot and other gunk that can impede smooth operation. For the burner, efficiency hinges on adjusting the flame to the right size and color, adjusting the flow of gas or changing the fuel filter in an oil-fired system. A check of the heat pump includes an inspection of the compressor, fan, and indoor and outdoor coils and refrigerant lines. Indoor and outdoor coils are cleaned, and the refrigerant pressure is checked. Low pressure indicates a leak; to locate it, contractors feed tinted refrigerant into the loop and go over it with an electronic detector.
This is all a bit verbose. The bottom line is that "maintenance" is a full and complete inspection and cleaning of your heating and cooling system. It is necessary for the proper comfort and safety of you and your loved ones, and is simple to have done right if you go with a company like KEIL!
Who We Are
KEIL Heating and Air Conditioning is a third-generation family owned and operated business founded in 1908 serving much of New Jersey. For over 100 years KEIL’s business model has been centered around ensuring that you, our valued customer, are completely comfortable in the most important place on earth: your home. Check out The KEIL Difference to learn why we are the right NJ company for you.