Testing Your HVAC “Blood Pressure”

Posted on March 6, 2018

So, does the title of this blog have you scratching your head and asking, “What in the world does my heating and cooling system have to do with blood pressure?” Just like you have your blood pressure checked every time you visit the doctor, the HVAC equivalent should be checked regularly as well. And that’s what the experienced technicians from General Air Conditioning and Plumbing do every time they come to your home for a tune-up.

Not to get too technical, but here’s what we’re talking about: A static pressure test that measures the resistance to airflow in your system. Just like high blood pressure can be a sign of poor circulation in your body, too much static pressure in your HVAC system means the conditioned air will not circulate properly, resulting in hot and cold spots in the home. In extreme cases, the pressure is so high that very little conditioned air is making it to individual rooms. When that happens, your system is having to work harder than it should, costing you extra money and could cause premature replacement.

Static pressure is just one example of several tests that a professional technician should be doing during an HVAC tune-up, if it’s being done properly. If a technician from another company comes to do a tune-up, ask about the static pressure test. If he says he didn’t do one or it’s not important, run, don’t walk, to pick up your phone and call the General. It’s that important to prevent future air conditioning repairs on homes in Palm Springs. With the training and knowledge we give our technicians, the General can detect potential problems during a routine air conditioning service call in Palm Desert, CA.

The hassle-free way to deal with HVAC maintenance is to purchase a membership in the General’s ServicePlus plan. Among the many benefits:

  • Receive priority scheduling with same day appointments for repair service
  • Dedicated member only phone line so you can always get through
  • Annual plumbing safety and efficiency inspection
  • Air conditioning performance tune-up included
  • Heating performance tune-up included
  • Up to 20% discount on service and repair on A/C, heating and plumbing
  • 3-year service, parts and labor guarantee on repairs
  • Lifetime fixture guarantee (plumbing)
  • Only $45 diagnostic trip fee
  • No additional charge for nights, weekends and holidays

For total peace of mind, you can add our Sentinel Protection. With it, your system’s performance is monitored 24/7. Remote sensors transmit real-time data using your Wi-Fi network. The General is continually monitoring the information, and the system sends automatic alerts whenever the sensors indicate a possible problem.

Service Plus membership with Sentinel Protection, no wonder they call us the best little air conditioning and plumbing company in the desert.