System Maintenance

It is the recommendation of utilities and manufacturers to have regular preventative maintenance. The benefit of regularly scheduled preventative maintenance to you is that is prolongs equipment life, can reduce the extent or frequency of failures, and helps contain fuel bills. A service agreement also gives you priority service over non-agreement customers should you experience a breakdown. Finally, you get peace of mind by having trained professionals check to make sure your home comfort appliances are safe to operate.

Here is a list of services that should be completed regularly:
  • Check all Wiring & Connections, tighten as necessary 
  • Check Heat Exchanger & Burners 
  • Check Flue Draft & Piping 
  • Check Gas Valve Operation 
  • Check for Gas Leaks 
  • Check Pilot, Ignition & Flame 
  • Check Fan / Blower & Belts 
  • Check all Safeties 
  • Check Contactor & Relays 
  • Check Operating Pressures & Temperatures 
  • *Clean Condenser Coil 
  • *Change Standard Size Air Filter
          (16x20x1, 16x25x1, 20x20x1, 20x25x1) 
  • Inspect & Flush Condensate Drains 
  • *Inspect/Clean Indoor Coil (if Accessible)
  • Check Thermostat 
  • Make Necessary Recommendations 

         *Included in Gold Plan

What to expect from an ESA:

  •  Lower utility Bills
  •  Extended Equipment life
  • Fewer Repairs 
  •  Improved capacity 
  •  15% Discount on Parts 
  •  Priority Service 
  •  Inflation Protection 
  •  Transferable Agreement 
  •  Never an overtime charge 

 Benefits Include: 

  • Clean condenser coil and test for coil damage or leaks: Dirt, grass or any foreign material on the condenser coil reduces the ability of heat transfer so unit has to run longer and costs more money to operate. 
  • Clean Indoor Evaporator Coil - contaminants in the airstream, combined with condensation, can create a mess on your coil! This lowers your cooling efficiency and can even lead to rust, damage, and corrosion- even leaks! Cleaning your coil regularly can lead to prolonged efficiency and longer coil life. 
  • Monitor operating pressures: Improper refrigerant charge could damage your compressor or lower the efficiency of your system and cause high electric bills. 
  • Clean or replace filters: Dirty or blocked filters can cause reduced airflow, high utility bills and shorten the life of the compressor, damaging the system. 
  • Test compressor and motors: for proper voltage and amperage This helps extend the life of your compressor and other major electrical components of the system. 
  • Test all safety features: This is essential for proper equipment operation and ensures you that your system will shut down if there is a harmful or unsafe problem. 
  • Lubricate moving parts: per manufacturers specifications Improper lubrication causes components to drag and create an electrical overload which results in higher electric bills and equipment failure. 
  • Program and calibrate thermostat: (if existing thermostat can be calibrated) Improperly programmed or calibrated thermostats can call for more or less heating or cooling than desired for comfort levels. Also results in high utility bills. 
  • Examine ducts for leaks and proper air flow: Duct leaks in non-conditioned areas will cause poor system performance and improper heating and cooling. Also may result in high utility bills. 
  • Test temperature differences: This verifies efficient operation of the system to help lower utility bills and increase comfort. 
  • Clean blower assembly: By maintaining proper alignment and making sure all components are clean, you will ensure adequate airflow, lower utility costs and increase your comfort. 
  • Clean and adjust burner assembly: Dirty or improperly adjusted burners will result in excessive fuel usage and may cause damage to heat exchangers. 
  • Examine heat exchanger: A damaged or cracked heat exchanger could allow poisonous gases to enter your home. 

    For more information to set up a Maintenance Program, give us a call.
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Preventative Maintenance Protection Plans

? Can I Troubleshoot
Before Calling First Choice?

The answer is,"Yes" Here are some simple procedures you can perform before going to the expense of a service call: 
  • Check disconnect switches (indoor and outdoor if you have a split system). Make sure that circuit breakers are ON or that fuses have not blown. 
  • Check for sufficient airflow. Make sure air filters are clean and that supply-air and return-air grilles are open and unobstructed. 
  • Check the settings on your thermostat. If you want cooling, make sure the temperature control selector is set below room temperature and the SYSTEM switch is on the COOL or AUTO position. If you want heat, make sure the temperature control selector is set above room temperature and the SYSTEM switch is at HEAT or AUTO. The FAN switch should be set at ON for continuous blower operation or AUTO if you want the blower to function only while the unit is operating. 

In addition to the routine maintenance you perform, your home comfort system should be inspected at least once a year by a properly trained service technician. First Choice can make sure your system operates safely and gives you the best performance at the lowest cost. You may also want to ask us about an economical service contract that covers seasonal inspections for a flat fee. 



As of January of 2006 Manufacturers stopped producing any system less than 13 S.E.E.R.. 

The Phaseout of R22 refrigerant- as follows... 
2010 Ban on Production of new R22 Systems 

2015 Ban on sale and use of R22 except servicing older units 

2020 Ban on production of R22. Service will rely on recycled / stockpiled quantities. 

***Most systems have a life span of 12-18 years. 

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