Every homeowner must consider how their home will be heated or cooled when necessary. Since this is the case, it’s good to keep the HVAC system in a home working well. Miserable living conditions and expensive repairs are sure to result if you fail to maintain it properly. Below are many helpful tips that show you how to keep your HVAC humming along in proper working order.
Know what you need before you hire a contractor. You can’t get a decent estimate over a telephone, so disregard those numbers and wait until they view your system. You need to know how to describe any issues. You need to know this before you begin.
Clean your fan and coils when the weather begins to warm. Except when cleaning the outside, turn the unit off when performing any type of maintenance. Additionally, remove leaves and any other debris from the outside condenser unit.
Be sure to clean external condenser units regularly. Things tend to pile up around these units, especially after storms come through, which could cause problems to your system. If you do not, the unit may get too hot and cause additional problems.
Clean the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan every spring. Be sure to turn the power off first; you don’t want anything to move. Next, pop the grill off, put the blades out and start to gently clean them along with the unit.
When the trees are losing their leaves, your HVAC unit can suffer. When you notice your trees shedding, frequently clean your unit’s fan grill. If your fan is obstructed, it can keep your system from working properly.
If there are oil ports on your fan condenser, lubricate it annually. Most of these ports have some sort of protective cap covering them. Your oil should be an SAE 20. This particular oil is very lightweight and it only requires about 10 drops per port.
Have your heating and cooling system inspected twice a year. 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. It doesn’t matter if your unit seems to be properly working, it is still advisable that you perform maintenance and resolve any potential problems.
Save some cash by shutting down the air-conditioning system when there is no one in the house. This will save you money on your energy bills. However, leaving it on increases your electric bill and wear and tear on the system.
Air conditioners tend to ice up at times. Freezing drain lines are also possible and can be mistaken for leaks. If this happens, turn the thermostat so it is on fan only mode, which will disable the compressor. The fan setting can help melt some of the ice, but you should still call a professional to check your unit out.
You now have an idea of what it takes to keep an HVAC system running great. Do not let neglect cause major issues. Use the above tips to make sure it keeps working properly.