HVAC systems seem to break down just when the weather gets really hot or really cold. Eventually, you will find yourself in need of a repair or a replacement. It is important that you know a bit about the situation in advance. This article will get you started.
Check out the system that you have before you call a professional. Know the model and brand and find it’s maintenance history, if possible. If you have to have someone come out to repair the unit, you will be able to help the contractor understand more about what is going on.
Before choosing a HVAC company find out what the company offers. If you can’t describe the problem, you may not get an accurate quote. If you can’t explain changes you’ve made, the process will be even more difficult. Having this information handy will make the process much smoother.
If you have condenser units outside your home, be sure to clean out the debris from them often. Your HVAC system may run into problems after storms if it is surrounded by debris. It can overheat, leading to disaster within your system.
Be sure to clean the fan blades and coils of the condenser fan. Before you do so, shut off the power to ensure that none of the parts will move while you work on it. Then remove the grill, remove the blades and clean it from top to bottom gently.
Don’t get grass clippings on your outside unit. Aim the grass clippings in the other direction. This same tip applies when you are blowing fallen leaves around the yard. Grass and leaves pose a serious problem for the internal functioning of your unit.
You need to lubricate parts of your fan condenser. You can find these ports covered with rubber or metal caps. Use SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight, and put 10 drops or fewer in each port, but make sure to avoid overfilling them.
Check your unit at least twice each year. Ideally, you should have it looked at in the spring and fall so you know everything is set for the hot and cold months. Even if you do not detect a problem, you can identify and fix any potential problems when you have it checked.
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. Additionally, some programmable thermostats can be controlled remotely using a web-connected device.
If nobody is home, turn off the air conditioner to save money. The house will heat up when it is turned off, but only a certain amount. If will be constantly fighting the heat and using lots of electricity if it is left on all day.
When you think you want to get HVAC help it may be hard to think about because there are so many options out there. However, if you know the right things, the process becomes easier. It is hoped you are now prepared for any future issues with your system.