HVAC systems seem to break down just when the weather gets really hot or really cold. Learning about HVAC systems in advance will help you when it needs repair. Keep reading to start doing just that.
Before calling for help, know the system you have. Find out the brand and model and, if possible, dig out the maintenance history. The contractor will likely need all of this information.
Before you choose an HVAC contractor, have an idea in your mind of what needs to be done. Discussing the problem is simplified if you understand what has happened with the unit. If you don’t have any idea, they will have trouble giving you any sort of quote. So, know this information in advance.
Before the summer you should clean out your condenser fan’s blades and coils. The power to the unit should be removed before you begin any maintenance, even cleaning. Additionally, remove leaves and any other debris from the outside condenser unit.
Clean the fan blades and coils in your condenser each spring. Don’t forget to disconnect the power first. Then, take off the grill and get the blades out. Clean everything with care.
Fall is a hard time on HVAC units. Cleaning your unit is very important for its effectiveness. The fan must not have anything in the way so that air can flow into it, and if it is clogged, you’ll have a lot of headaches eventually.
If possible, put your HVAC in a shaded area if it is outside. If the air your machine draws in is already cooler, it will require less energy to regulate before it’s filtered into your home.
Turn off your outdoor condenser when it’s getting cold. This should be done when the temperature drops below 60ÂºF to avoid damage. This will allow your system to work well every year, and that saves you quite a bit on making repairs.
Install a thermostat you can program to save money on cooling your home. It may save you as much as 10 percent of your overall utility bill if you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for a portion of the day. In addition, some models make things really easy on you, allowing you to adjust them from the computer.
To help keep your energy costs down, have your heating and cooling system serviced at least once a year. During the service check, the system motor will be inspected, the moving parts will be oiled and the freon levels will be checked Small problems can occur in any of these areas and lead to serious issues if ignored for too long.
If you are going to be gone during the day or on vacation, turn the temperature up on your air conditioning unit. With the system off, the house will only heat up to a certain temperature. When the AC is left running, your power bill will go up quite a bit.
When you think you want to get HVAC help it may be hard to think about because there are so many options out there. With the right information, it doesn’t have to be that bad. It is hoped you are now prepared for any future issues with your system.