Home Comfort System Tune-up

Home Energy Essentials provides complete home comfort system tune-ups that meet or exceed manufacturers annual maintenance requirements. We service all residential heating and air conditioning equipment types and brands. This tune-up service complies with ACCA’s (Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association) Quality Maintenance Standards.

ANSI/ACCA – Quality Maintenance of Residential HVAC Systems

It is essential that residential Heating Ventilating and Air-conditioning (HVAC) systems support a comfortable, healthy indoor environment and operate efficiently throughout its life. – ACCA website

It’s hard to determine the difference between the “seasonal tune-ups”, “clean and checks”, and “maintenance services” offered by HVAC contractors. Many residential HVAC Contractors have their own definition of what inspecting and maintaining HVAC systems look like.

Our Comfort System Tune-Up includes:

Air Distribution System Inspection

  • Clean or replace filters
  • Clean air filter housing, all grilles and registers
  • Inspect ductwork for signs of moisture or biological growth
  • Record material condition of duct system conditions like; insulation / vapor barrier failure, damaged or crushed ducts
  • Check all accessible ductwork connections for air leaks, failing tape or mastic

Comfort Controls and Safeties Check

  • Clean and adjust all Comfort Control, Zone Control and Damper components
  • Replace batteries annually and check for corrosion
  • Test drain pan safety switches for proper operation
  • Test Furnace and Air Conditioning system safety switches
  • Verify proper settings utilizing OEM’s installation and technical manuals

Furnace Maintenance

Heating Services
  • Evaluate Comfort System installation on quality, local code violations, and combustion clearances
  • Inspect electrical disconnect and equipment grounding
  • Measure and record line voltage
  • Inspect and test transformers, contactors and relays
  • Check all electrical connections and wires are clean, tight and the right size
  • Inspect and Test motor capacitors verifying OEM specifications
  • Measure and record motor amperage
  • Measure airflow across heat exchanger
  • Inspect main circulating blower motor and blower wheel
  • Test and measure blower assembly performance
  • Inspect condensate drain piping (and traps) test proper operation
  • Inspect burner assembly and flue venting for signs of water, corrosion or blockage
  • Test inducer fan motor and assembly
  • Inspect heat exchanger for signs of corrosion, gas fouling, structural problems (e.g., rust, cracks, perforations or bulges)
  • Inspect burner for erratic flame with blower running
  • Inspect burners for signs of contamination
  • Test hot surface igniter voltage and visually check for cracks
  • Measure and record inlet gas pressure on gas valve
  • Measure, record and adjust manifold gas pressure as needed
  • Inspect flame senor and associated wiring for corrosion or damage
  • Test main burner ignition sequence and flame safety and burners
  • Check for adequate and proper combustion air
  • Check for gas / combustion exhaust leaks
  • Inspect all combustion venting for tight connections, corrosion, straps, slope and termination
  • Clear away combustible material; minimum 12″

Evaporator Coil

  • Inspect evaporator coil for proper installation and airflow restrictions
  • Inspect condensate trap, drain connections and slope
  • Check for condensation outside of drain system (e.g., ducting, insulation or surrounding platform)
  • Inspect evaporator coil and drain pan for signs of biological growth
  • Check secondary drain lines, drain pan for water, and overflow protection devices
  • Confirm correct airflow, static pressure and temperatures to manufacturers specifications
  • Measure dry bulb and wet bulb TD across coil
  • Inspect evaporator coil fins
  • Inspect accessible refrigerant lines, insulation
  • Measure pressure drop across the coil

Condenser Unit

Air Conditioning Services
  • Inspect Air Conditioning Condenser / Heat Pump Installation
  • Check for required clearances for service access and manufacturers specifications
  • Inspect electrical disconnect box
  • Ensure proper equipment grounding
  • Measure and record voltage
  • Inspect and test contactors and relays
  • Inspect electrical connections and wires
  • Measure and record motor capacitors
  • Measure and record amperage draw to nameplate data
  • Inspect accessible refrigerant lines, insulation and UV protection
  • Confirm fan blade has free rotation, minimal play on motor shaft and is tight
  • Measure and record amp draw of condenser fan motor
  • Inspect condenser coil fins and for signs of refrigerant leaks

About 30% of all homeowners have their HVAC systems maintained annually. The other 70% wait for a service call and pray for good news.

Air Conditioning System Maintenance

Annual air conditioning system maintenance is your assurance that your home will be ready for the Summer heat. We service all brands and models of air conditioning equipment. Outdoor temp should be above 55*F to perform a tune-up on your air conditioner.

Heating System Maintenance

Heating System Maintenance can be done at the same time as your air conditioning tune-up. Because the main circulating blow in your furnace is the hardest working component of the entire system. We want to measure your systems air flow to ensure its running at peak performance.

Heat Pump System Maintenance

Heat Pump System Maintenance is similar to an air conditioning system. For instance, the heat pump compressor runs in cooling and reverses the flow of refrigerant to supply heating. These systems are all electric. So when outdoor temperatures drop below 36*F, the efficiency of the system drops off. Schedule your seasonal maintenance to keep your heat pump running strong all year long.

*Additional Maintenance Steps for Heat Pump Systems

  • Test reversing valve operation
  • Check operating temperatures and refrigerant charge with a manufacturers recommended procedure
  • Test defrost cycle controls
  • Inspect outdoor condensate drain ports are free from debris