A HVAC system is great, but only if it works efficiently. They are costly to fix, but being uncomfortable is even worse. Here are some suggestions to help you maintain your unit.
Before calling anyone to repair your system, know what system you have. Get the brand, model name, and if you can you should get the maintenance history out. That way you can provide the contractor with all the necessary information.
Before an HVAC expert comes to your home to do any repair work, walk around the home and check out the temps in every room. Make note of which rooms are cold and which are hot. This can help the contractor determine the problem areas quickly and fix the problem easily.
Every spring you should clean the coils and fan blades on your condenser fan. Don’t forget to disconnect the power first. Remove the grill and the blades, and then you can give them all a gentle clean.
Don’t let your outdoor HVAC units get smothered with clippings anytime you mow the yard. Make sure you shoot the clippings in the other direction from the unit. The same thing should go on when you blow leaves, so take your time when you’re working around HVAC units that are around when you’re blowing debris around.
If your condenser comes with oil ports, you should lubricate it yearly. You will see rubber or metal caps covering the ports. Put 10 drops of lightweight, non-detergent SAE oil in each port. Be careful not to use too much.
Make sure your HVAC systems is checked twice a year. It’s best to have it checked before you turn it on for the summer and again for the winter. You should have it looked at even if no problems are occurring; there could still be a problem or potential problem.
Turn off any outdoor condensers you have when the weather gets cold. To avoid damage, units should be turned off when temperatures are below 60 degrees. This will allow your system to work well every year, and that saves you quite a bit on making repairs.
Update the windows in your home to double-paned if you own it. Having a double pane window helps limit your need for air conditioning during the summer months. This also helps keep it warm in the winter.
Install a programmable thermostat to save energy costs. In fact, you can save as much as 10 percent on both heating and cooling when you turn your thermostat by by 10-15 percent for at least 8 hours daily. Take advantage of the convenience of the ability to control many programable thermostats from your favorite electronic device.
Get your HVAC unit serviced yearly. The contractor should oil the parts that move and check the motor and freon levels. This ensures your system runs smoothly.
To be comfortable at home it is very important that your HVAC system performs properly. If you don’t keep it maintained well, then you won’t have a nice place to call home in the end. Remember these hints to keep your HVAC system operating at it’s maximum efficiency.