When your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is first installed, it’s in mint condition and ready to work for you! However, as the months and years wear on, that same system needs some tender loving care if it is to continue to efficiently heat and cool your home. What needs to be done to keep an HVAC system in good repair?
How to Prepare for a Typical Check Up
To ensure that your home is being heated and cooled correctly, the thermostat settings will need to be checked. If you’re away for most of the day, you can save on your energy bill by allowing your home to become a little cooler or warmer than comfortable and programming it to come to a comfortable temperature around the time you come home in the evening.
Electrical connections also need to be checked and tightened. You’ll also want to measure the voltage and current coming from the motors. Keeping the electrical components of your HVAC system in good repair will ensure that your unit operates safely and lasts as long as possible.
All moving parts will need to be lubricated. Since friction causes excess heat and sucks up energy, lubrication keeps your unit running safely and efficiently.
When your air conditioner runs during the summer, condensation can build up and drain from the unit. You’ll want to ensure that the condensate drain is clear of debris. If it gets clogged, the water can overflow into your basement or closet, causing water damage and increasing indoor humidity levels.
Run a system start up and shut down to ensure the unit works properly. You should be able to go through an entire start up, a few minutes of operation, and shut down without a problem.
How to Prepare for a Cooling-Specific Check Up
It’s best to get your air conditioning system checked in the spring before the hot weather hits, rather than waiting until problems crop up in the middle of the summer. HVAC companies are also more readily available in the spring since they haven’t started responding to very many emergency repair calls.
• To keep your cooling system running smoothly, your evaporator and condenser coils will need to be cleaned. Dirty coils decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency, costing you extra money to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
• Check the refrigerant levels. The correct amount of refrigerant will keep your system efficient and cost effective.
• Keep your blower clean and free from debris. This will ensure that air will move correctly through the system, keeping your home comfortably cool.
How to Prepare for a Heating-Specific Check Up
Get your heating system checked during the fall to avoid going through a winter’s snowy day without heat. The primary components that need to be checked are the gas connections, gas pressure, heat exchanger, and the burner combustion. If everything is working as it should, you can enjoy a safely operating HVAC system that creates a warm toasty home during the cold winter months.