The level of performance an HVAC delivers is comparable to that of an automobile. If it is not taken care of properly, it loses its efficiency and makes the house uncomfortable to be in. Yearly maintenance procedures are mandatory in keeping the systems working effectively without consuming too much energy.
Without maintenance, the systems will have frequent breakdowns, especially as the seasons change, and it is relied upon to keep comfortable temperatures indoors. You will end up paying for repair services and higher fuel consumption rates that could drain your finances. With these tips, you should be able to save some money on maintenance.
Caring for your HVAC starts with paying close attention and identifying problem indicators. The first sign of trouble is usually a change in how the system sounds when it operates. If it starts grinding, rattling, buzzing, or thumping, contact Air Makers immediately. The experts will check the system to find out the exact cause of the problem.
Additional signs to look out for include reduced airflow, spotty cooling or heating, puddles near the unit, and thermostat problems. Ignoring any of these can cause you more stress.
Conduct maintenance regularly
Air conditioners should be inspected and repaired every spring, while heaters should be worked on in the fall. Statistics have shown that maintenance procedures can prevent up to 95% of HVAC repairs. By keeping the unit running smoothly, you also ensure the house remains comfortable throughout the year and reduce your energy costs. Having HVAC technicians check the system also ensures it serves you for longer.
Pay attention to air filters
Air filters in an HVAC should be checked every month and should not go for more than three months before being replaced. The replacement will have to be done sooner in homes that have pets or are in areas that are exposed to more allergens. Monthly inspections can prevent a lot of issues, including damage to the unit. Keeping it running with a clogged filter will reduce the quality of indoor air and cause the unit to overwork, resulting in damages.
Keep the vents clear and clean
Dirty vents can circulate unclean air in the house, just like dirty filters. If not resolved, dirt and dust will continue to accumulate on the vents and prevent airflow. One of the common signs of obstructed vents is reduced airflow. Immediate action is necessary the moment you suspect the vents are not clear. Reach out to the experts immediately.
Create a plan
Have a set plan to ensure your system gets the servicing it deserves once every year. When you have a system in place, it will be easier to remember when the maintenance is due. Such a plan may come at a cost, but it will be cheaper than the cost of conducting repairs frequently.
Keep it clean
Maintenance does not take away the need for cleaning the equipment, especially outside the unit. Most people tend to focus on keeping the inside clean while ignoring the exterior, which should also be subjected to routine maintenance. If leaves and other debris are left close to the HVAC, they could easily be blown by the wind into the system, and they can cause damage. Remove twigs, leaves, and debris from the surrounding and keep the unit at least three feet from shrubs, bushes, or trees. Use a washcloth to wipe dirt from the outside when cleaning the inside.
The use of a garden hose is also an approved cleaning method, but it requires a high level of expertise. If you use high water pressure, you could damage the unit, and if it is too low, you may not get rid of the dirt and dust you are targeting.
Have professional ductwork inspection
Ductwork is also susceptible to blockages if not catered to. Inspection should be done occasionally to determine if there are blockages and clear them. Dust naturally accumulates on air ducts like it does air filters and other components. The more space is constricted, the more the system will overwork and weaken. Dirty ductwork is also a perfect place for insects to infest and breed. They can cause leaks, trap dander, and keep air from passing through.
Consult Air Makers with any questions you may have about prolonging the longevity of your HVAC through maintenance.