Part of the upkeep for your house is maintaining your HVAC system. Just like you would change the oil in your car when needed, you need to do this to your HVAC system. Just like you car, it makes your car last and it also makes it run efficiently. This means that by taking proper care of your heating and cooling system, you will end up spending less because it will run more efficiently. There are some things that you can do to maintain your system as a homeowner and there are some elements to maintaining your system that just needs to be left to the pros. However, both elements are important. A good rule of thumb is to remember that before very extreme season (summer and winter), you need to attend to your HVAC system.
Homewoner’s HVAC Preventative Maintenance
As a homeowner, there is a punch list of things that you need to remember. It is a good idea to make sure that you d whatever possible to ensure trouble-free performance with your system. This also ensures that your system has the lifespan that it is supposed to.
Be sure to be aware of changing your air filters on a regular basis: Most HVAC experts claim that this is one of the most important steps that homeowners can take when it comes to the maintenance of your system. A dirty air filter means that your system has to work twice as hard to push air. This puts unnecessary strain on your system and will, by all means, add to the wear and tear. A clean air filter also lowers energy costs since your HVAC system uses less power to run efficiently. Energy Star recommends that you change your air filter every 90 days. However, if you have pets, then it is best to check it once a month. The filters that are labeled as high-efficiency work like a magnet and trap the smallest particles, even those that are so small but could be carrying bacteria. If you see that your air filter is dark in color and seems clogged, then be sure to change it immediately.
Do a visual inspection of your HVAC system: Half of the battle is being aware of any possible issues and taking care of them immediately. Letting a situation go for longer than it needs to will possibly make it more costly to repair and will hinder the performance of your system, costing you more on your electric bill. If you see things like your coils are frozen, or your evaporator coils seem like they are in need of attention, be sure to contact an HVAC professional.
Check your thermostat: Lowering your temperature a few degrees in the winter and raising it a few degrees in the winter will prevent your system from having to work as hard. This also reduces the wear and tear on your system which will make it last for its lifespan.
Outdoors make sure that:
- Your AC unit and heat pump has at least two feet of clearance.
- Remove the accumulation of leaves, twigs, and any other debris that you see on the tops or side of your unit.
- Be aware of grass clippings getting into your unit.
- Check the refrigerant lines. Have them replaced if they are missing or possibly damaged.
- Make sure that your AC and heat pump is on level ground.
- During the summer season, be sure to turn off water that goes to the furnace humidifier.
- Never close more than a few registers in your home. This puts strain on your heating or cooling system.
- Replace the battery in your Carbon Monoxide alarm every year.
HVAC Professional Tuneup
In general a tuneup conducted by a professional HVAC technician should include:
As mentioned earlier, you should have your HVAC system tuned up or serviced twice a year. It is important that you do this during the preseason or in the spring and fall. Tuneups are not expensive and they ensure that you system is running at its best. Having a tuneup saves you money in the end because an HVAC professional will be able to see if your system has a bigger issue in its future that would be better off being repaired now than when it costs more later.
Your HVAC tech should check the thermostat’s settings. They should check if your system is heating and cooling your home based on what you have programmed into your thermostat. A programmable thermostat ensures that you conserve energy because it actually runs when it needs to.
2. Electric Inspection
Your HVAC tech should check all of the electrical connection and be sure to check the components of your systems voltage. These components and connections can break, come loose, and even disconnect. They even should check the efficiency and the safety of this part of your system.
3. Proper Lubrication
A system needs lubrication in order for it to run efficiently. This will decrease the amount of friction that is cause when your system naturally looses its lubrication and therefore, it will prevent moving parts from wearing out more frequently.
4. Condensate Drain Check
Your condensate drain needs to be checked. If this becomes clogged or even partially clogged, your AC unit, furnace, or your heat pump, in turn, get clogged and it can cause damage from water. It also can cause high humidity levels in your home and the growth of mold.
A tuneup should include the inspection of the start up and shutdown controls. Since these cycle based on your thermostat settings, it should be checked to make sure that your HVAC system is running as it should.
6. Air Filters
Your HVAC tech will check your air filters during a tuneup. If needed, they will clean or replace your air filter. As mentioned above, this is something that should be done by you as well. If you do not know how to change out your sire filter, then your HVAC tech can show you how to do it.
For all of your HVAC needs, be sure to contact ANEZ HVAC. We can ensure that your system is running as it should at a reasonable price. Let us help you save money by maintaining your heating and cooling system. Contact us today!