If you have a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, commonly referred to as HVAC, then you know how expensive it can be to get it repaired or replace altogether and this is why you need routine maintenance on HVAC that save you money. One important tip is to check and replace the unit’s filter when needed because a dirty or broken filter can cause your unit to work harder than necessary. In addition, dirty filters breed nasty bacteria and dust mites that are not safe for children and pets. You want to change filters every thirty to sixty days.
Here are ways you can have a routine HVAC maintenance during the summer months. If you have an outdoor unit you should get rid of all debris that is in and around the unit to reduce performance issues and to keep the HVAC clean. You should seal any areas in the home where the air easily escapes because you’ll keep the air in the home and less energy is wasted. Also clean out the drains.
Another thing you should do is check your HVAC unit for unusual noises because this could mean that there are issues with it. The cause of the noises could be a loose belt or screws that need to be tightened. If you did these things and problems exist, it might need assistance from a professional.
The condenser coils and evaporator need to be cleaned twice a year because the coils are at risk for mold to grow if they remain dirty for a long period of time. This is because the coils are often exposed to the air and dirt regularly. You can purchase a special cleaner for this task at the hardware store.
You’ll also need to check the dampers in the HVAC because dampers prevent the compressor from running when the outside temperature reaches below 60 degrees. When the dampers don’t operate properly, the unit gives off less cool air and this could overwork your HVAC.
In conclusion, it may be time-consuming to do routine maintenance but it is essential to keep the HVAC healthy. If you are not able to do the maintenance yourself, hire an inspector for the job. Always ensure you ask questions during the checkup and find out the best methods of keeping the unit healthy. By doing this you won’t have to buy a new HVAC and your energy bill will be manageable for months.