Learning about your heating and cooling systems may seem daunting, but if you have the right information, quick maintenance and repairs are easy. If you want to learn more about keeping the HVAC system in your new home well-maintained, we’ve collected a few tips here to help you.
Cleaning Your AC Unit
By the end of spring, the fan blades and coils of your condenser (the outdoor AC unit) should be thoroughly cleaned, so operation can proceed with greater efficiency. The power to the unit should be removed before you begin any maintenance, even cleaning. Also, make sure you remove any debris or leaves from the condenser unit outside.
TIP! What system do you have? You need this information to tell your contractor. Know the model and brand and find it’s maintenance history, if possible.
Every spring you should clean the coils and fan blades on your condenser fan. Before you begin cleaning the unit, make sure that it is unplugged. Remove the grill and the blades, and then you can give them all a gentle clean.
During the fall, leaves can gather around your HVAC. Make certain you are cleaning the fan grill often if trees nearby have leaves that are falling. A clogged up unit can quickly become a broken unit.
If you have oil ports as part of the fan condenser, annual lubrication is key. These ports have a metal covering. Sometimes it is rubber. Use a lightweight, detergent-free SAE-20 oil, placing 10 drops in each port. You can also count on the HVAC experts here at JDL for regular maintenance.
TIP! If your HVAC system is acting up, take a tour of the house prior to calling a professional. Notice the temperature in each room. Let your technician know about the temperature of various zones of your home.
If you are choosing where to place your outdoor compressor device, try to put it in a place where there is plenty of shade. When the unit sucks in cooler air, then less work is required to cool it further which in turn boosts the units efficiency.
If you’re buying a new AC unit, place your outdoor unit in a place with shade in summer months. As it brings in cool air to cool, you will save a lot of money.
Condenser units for the outdoors should be shut off when it starts to get cold outside. This means that you should turn it off to prevent damage if the weather falls under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You will save in repair bills and increase the efficiency of your system.
TIP! Each spring, try cleaning the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan. First, turn off the power so that nothing will move as you are working on it.
With the proper education, managing your HVAC system is easy — and as a new homeowner, it is always good to take enough time that you will be able to learn what you need to know. We hope you use the tips here to help you keep your system running!
As always, you can count on JDL HVAC for heating and cooling services — we provide HVAC services throughout Odenton, Laurel, Severna Park and the surrounding area. Call us today to learn more and schedule an appointment!