Why Maintain Your HVAC System?
Maintaining the condition of your HVAC system can save you more than money and effort; it may also save your sanity. Imagine resting in your warm house in the thick of winter when your heat pump breaks down or, getting ready for a summer party when your air conditioner breaks. It can be difficult and time-consuming to scramble for an AC technician before you have to deal with the agony of breakdowns. Having your HVAC system maintained by a qualified HVAC company will help you avoid HVAC repair emergencies.
Must-Know Tips For HVAC Maintenance
Examine The Filter.
A dirty air filter is one of the most obvious reasons for air conditioner maintenance. Changing the filter is one of the most simple ways to increase the air conditioner’s effectiveness, lower heating expenses, and lessen the likelihood of needing repairs. Make sure to check if your filter isn’t dirty or blocked once a month. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to give it a nice wash and blow-dry it. When it comes to filter replacement, once every three months should suffice. If it appears to be filthier than usual, replace it right away, especially if your household has dogs.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance.
One to two months before the summer season begins, schedule an annual system maintenance service. According to studies, keeping your system clean and working efficiently can save you up to 20% on your energy costs.
Remove Any Debris From The Area Around The Outside Units.
Debris can easily accumulate around an outdoor HVAC unit. In the autumn, leaves fall, pollen flies about in the spring, and before you know it, all sorts of things have accumulated around your HVAC unit. Regularly inspect the external unit and ensure that any air conditioning or HVAC heat pump has at least two feet of clearance around it. This entails clearing the area around or on top of the unit of leaves, twigs, dirt, and pollen. Also, make sure the lawnmower doesn’t fling the clippings onto the unit when you’re cutting grass in the summer.
Drain Lines Should Be Cleaned.
In addition to chilling, an air conditioner removes moisture from the air. This moisture then collects in the air conditioner’s drain lines and is routed outside. Drain lines can become clogged over time as dirt and dust accumulate, and they can even become a breeding ground for algae and mildew.
Once Or Twice A Year, Clean The Evaporator And Condenser Coils.
According to the US Department of Energy, “a dirty condenser coil can increase energy use by 30%.” So, clean them well!
Maintain Your Unit’s Level.
Make sure your HVAC system is level and not inclined if you want it to perform properly. Check if your unit is level on the ground every two or three months. If you’ve set up your system on pads, double-check that they haven’t shifted.
Invest In A Smart Air Conditioner Controller.
You can gain access to additional capabilities that can assist with preventive maintenance by making your HVAC system smart. Smart air conditioners or smart AC controllers, for example, allow you to track your usage history and receive notifications if your air conditioner’s filter state needs to be cleaned.
Examine The Fan Blades.
It’s not that you should replace malfunctioning fan blades — leave that to the HVAC professional performing your preventive maintenance check — but you should inspect them every couple of months for signs of corrosion and wear, both when they’re in motion and when they’re stationary.
Wondering Who To Trust With Your HVAC Maintenance?
Superior Mechanical Services, Inc. began in 1948 as a family-owned business with a vision to provide value-minded service with a down-to-earth approach to customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Keeping your heating & cooling systems in good working order means increased comfort in your home and workplace, longer equipment life, lower utility bills, and of course fewer repairs. Too busy or overwhelmed to perform maintenance yourself? No problem! A Superior Club Membership provides peace of mind with twice-yearly inspection and maintenance at a reasonable price. Let Superior keep your system running in tip-top shape, help reduce your utility bills and avoid costly unexpected repairs. Contact us today for more information on how we can save you thousands over the life of your system!