A quality HVAC system is important for your home. It’s great to have warmth or cooler air when you need it. However, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if your HVAC system fails on you. This article will give you tips on how to properly maintain your HVAC system.
Before choosing an HVAC contractor, think of what you wish to have done. It’s hard to get an estimate since they haven’t look at your system. If you are unable to explain the work that needs to be taken care of, the conversation will be even less fruitful. This is information that you should have prepared in advance.
To make sure your condenser fan works properly, keep the fan blades and the coils clean. Always shut off all power to your unit for any work beyond superficial cleaning. Keep the exterior of the condenser unit free of debris.
You need to lubricate parts of your fan condenser. You will notice these ports have a rubber or metal cap covering them. Pick a type of SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight. Place 10 or less drops into every port to avoid overfilling.
Put outdoor units in the shade if you are installing them. As you get your air conditioner to suck in cool air it won’t have to do too much work to cool it which saves you some money.
Have the HVAC system checked twice a year at the least. The best times to have the system checked is spring and fall, so you are sure everything is running at peak performance before the heating and cooling seasons. Even if everything seems okay, it doesn’t hurt to check things out.
Turn off outdoor condenser units when weather turns cold. Once the temperature drops into the 50s, the unit should no longer be on. This will ensure your system works well each year, which could save you quite a bit in repair costs.
If you own your own home or have permission from your landlord, replace your single pane windows with double paned versions. Good double pane windows keep cool air in during the summer and minimize your utility expenses. This will also help you keep in heat when it gets cold.
To keep your system running smoothly have your system serviced once a year. The service will include motor inspection, oiling of moving parts, and a freon level check. These few simple things will help your system to run at its peak performance.
Make sure that your AC is turned off when you are not using it. You may want to turn your unit off if your house will not become extremely hot or cold. If will be constantly fighting the heat and using lots of electricity if it is left on all day.
Now you know how to ensure your HVAC is working smoothly. Only bad things happen when you fail to perform routine inspections. With this advice in mind, you are ready to care for your system.