HOUSES: Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC System

When spring is in full bloom, soaring temperatures cause many to turn on air conditioning for the first time in months.

While it may be time to cool down, a homeowner should consider having their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning checked, serviced, and cleaned at least once a year by a licensed professional before turning on the air. When choosing someone to service the HVAC system, ask for recommendations from people who may have previously employed a licensed professional, contact the Better Business Bureau to find credentials, or consult the internet to order Receive reviews of the person or company who will do the work.

Once hired, the person should check the motor, blower, drain line, coils, operating pressures and temperatures, return and supply lines, refrigerant level, and HVAC system connections. During the inspection, the HVAC professional should remove dust and debris from various areas, including condensation coils, and change the air filter. Maintenance and cleaning of the device once a year should increase the efficiency of the device. allow costly repairs to be intercepted at an early stage; Reduce the cost and the likelihood of device replacement. and help the device last longer.

In addition to hiring a professional, the homeowner can do their own maintenance on the HVAC unit all year round. The most common step in maintaining the system is to change the filters at least every three months during average usage and every month during periods of high usage. Replacing dirty filters will allow the HVAC system to function as usual and reduce the wear and tear on the system. A clean filter can also reduce energy costs and improve indoor air quality.

Another way a homeowner can do their own maintenance is to visually inspect the unit by checking for frozen coils, water leaks, dirty evaporator and condenser coils, or broken, loose, or disconnected connections. If problems are found, the homeowner should seek help from a professional which can help reduce costs as the problem may be identified early enough to prevent further damage.

A programmable thermostat like a Google Nest is another way to save money. The thermostat ensures that the home’s HVAC system heats and cools the home at the most efficient and convenient time. The thermostat should also be set a degree or two higher in summer and a few degrees lower in winter to reduce energy consumption and wear and tear on the system.

Air conditioning seasonal maintenance checklist

  • Check the thermostat settings to make sure the system is heating and cooling as programmed.
  • Check the electrical connections and check the voltage on the system components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts in the system.
  • Check the condensate drain for water damage or blockages.
  • Use the thermostat settings to test start-up and shutdown cycle performance.
  • Replace the air filter.
  • Clean the air conditioner coils.
  • Check and top up coolant.
  • Clean and calibrate components of the blower system.

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