Maintenance Checklist Items to Know

Weather in Northern Colorado is unpredictable. It seems to alternate between mountain cool and wet weather and plains weather that is dry and hot weather with storms. Summertime in Greeley can bring days of relentless heat, violent storms interspersed with days of cool wet conditions. If you don’t have trees around your home, the hot days can make the temperatures inside unbearable, and if your HVAC isn’t working up to its potential, it can be running and running and not cooling the house to a comfortable temperature. Comfort By Nature offers several services that can ensure that your HVAC is working optimally. We offer repairs when your air conditioning has broken down and is not running at all, of course. We also offer maintenance checks. We can do this on an as-need basis, but we recommend that our customers sign up for one of our packages that will help prevent costly issues. When we come out we always run through a number of systems and in this week’s article, we’ll look at a number of them so you have a better understanding of what we do, what the part does and what signs to look for, or listen for that can signal to you that something needs the attention of one of the qualified technicians at Comfort by Nature.

The Blower
The first thing we check is the blower assembly and the blower amps. The blower, as the name implies, forces the air through the system. Compressor amps, or flow of electricity, is an indication of how efficiently a compressor is running. Testing this and finding low current flow (amps) indicates a lot of things are functioning properly. Compressor amps will increase with any extra load anywhere in the system. If blower amps are high this indicates something is causing the blower to work harder than necessary. Even something as simple as a clogged system air filter can cause extra friction and low air flow, which can cause extra heat, the load of which will cause compressor amps to increase. Other possible causes are bad or worn blower shaft bearings or an electrical problem in the blower motor. Checking the blower is at the top of our checklist that we go through during a service call.

Everyone is familiar with the thermostat, if only as the thing on the wall that few people have permission to touch. This device has a thermometer that senses the temperature of the room and will turn on the heater or cooler via an electrical switch. Verifying that a thermostat operates properly only takes a few minutes, is very easy to do, and is important to the customer in terms of saving operation costs. We will check the thermostat as well as the electrical switch. A thermostat that works properly ensures that a system runs as infrequently and efficiently as possible. If you need a new thermostat we can install it for you. You can get a traditional thermostat or a programmable thermostat.

Temperature Drop
The temperature is the change in the air temperature when the air is moved over the heat exchange or cooling coil. This number can help identify possible equipment problems, and while it doesn’t tell the whole story, it is an important step in the diagnostic checklist. Testing temperature drop proves a system is working to its capacity. Any system can only remove a certain amount of heat. Showing that it is doing that demonstrates the system is working properly or not, and as efficiently as possible.

We have a twenty point checklist we go through during our diagnostic process and so these are just a few. Our process is thorough and we will repair or replace your HVAC cooling unit so you can enjoy the hot summer days and cold winter days of glorious Colorado.