A HVAC system is great, but only if it works efficiently. They are costly to fix, but being uncomfortable is even worse. To keep trouble at bay, continue reading to learn some great preventative maintenance tips.
Before you start calling to find someone to fix your unit, make sure you know the type of system that is installed. It is important to understand what model it is and which brand it is. Also, if it has been serviced before, you should have that information handy. This will facilitate the process when your contractor asks for this information.
Don’t hire a contractor until you know a little about what you are facing. It’s hard to get an estimate since they haven’t look at your system. In addition, you need to be able to tell the contractor what you have already tried. Know the right information ahead of time.
When you are cutting the grass, be sure not to cover your outdoor units with clippings. Aim your grass cuttings in a direction away from your unit. When blowing leaves, do the same. Always take care when passing your HVAC units while moving leaves, grass or other debris.
As the leaves are falling off the trees, your HVAC system can really take a hit. Frequently clean the fan grill when trees are shedding leaves. The fan needs to have an unobstructed path for air to enter the unit, and if it becomes blocked, you will end up with many headaches with the unit.
Look for shade when placing a compressor outdoors. The cooler air that the unit can suck in, the less work it will need to do to further cool the air.
To help keep your energy costs down, have your heating and cooling system serviced at least once a year. When they visit to service the unit they’re going to inspect the motors, oil the parts that move, and see how much freon is in your system. This will help your system run better.
Never let your home reach a dangerously hot temperature. Air conditioners can cool a home by just twenty degrees in a short time. If the temperature in your home reaches 100 degree Fahrenheit, it will only reduce it to 80 or more. Depending on what the humidity is, this may not be cool enough to be a safe temperature to sleep at when recovering from the harsh summer heat.
Sometimes air conditioners will ice up. Sometimes the drain line will freeze, causing leaks. When you see ice, turn the unit to fan. It’s a good idea to call up professionals to help with this even though you can get the ice to melt when you switch everything to the fan.
Your HVAC system is what makes the temperature in your home comfortable for you and your family. If it isn’t, you will often be too hot or too cold in your living space. To ensure this never happens to you, keep the tips you’ve read today in mind.