It is vital to have an HVAC system running properly in your home, because one that is working poorly will only cause nightmares. If they break, they are very costly to get up and running again. Making sure you pay attention to advised maintenance and repair can help prolong the life of your HVAC system and save you money over time. The tips below will help you determine whether your current approach to HVAC system maintenance is as good as you want it to be.
What system do you have? You need this information to tell your contractor. Find out the brand and model and, if possible, dig out the maintenance history. This makes sure your contractor will be sufficiently prepared.
When you call an HVAC system for help, you need to be aware of what you need them to do before calling. This is necessary so that they can give you a quote before doing any work. If you don’t have any idea, they will have trouble giving you any sort of quote. This is information that you should have prepared in advance.
If you have outside condenser units, make sure to regularly clean the debris that builds up. You don’t know when things are going to pile up, like right after it’s windy or rains, and that can ruin your system. The whole thing can overheat, causing major problems and possibly an enormous expense for you.
As the leaves are falling off the trees, your HVAC system can really take a hit. The grill on the fan can become cluttered with debris, which will cause a serious operating deficiency. The fan must stay clear in order to function, and if it gets blocked, you will have to contend with problems.
If the condenser fan has oil parts, then you need to lubricate it at least once per year. These ports are often covered by a rubber or metal cap. Use a lightweight, detergent-free SAE 20 oil, putting 10 drops in each port.
Have your HVAC serviced at least yearly. Generally, you want it done in the fall and the spring. Check it out just to be safe even if there is nothing broken.
If the house is yours or you’re permitted to, replace the windows that are single pane with windows that are double pane. Windows that are double pane keep the cool air in and can greatly reduce the amount of time your air conditioner will need to run. Likewise, in the winter more hot air stays inside during the cold season.
Icing up is common in air conditioners. Sometimes the drain line will freeze, causing leaks. Turn your unit to the fan setting to turn off the compressor. The ice will melt. You will likely need professional help to stop the problem.
A working HVAC system contributes greatly to the comfort of your home. If you aren’t performing regular maintenance, then the environment at home is not going to be a fun place to live. You can avoid this catastrophe by reading the tips above once more and implementing them within your home.
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