Many folks don’t know how to properly maintain an HVAC system, but it is something they should know how to do. Any homeowner can learn the basis of the HVAC. This article will provide you with some guidance.
Know what type of system you currently have before calling someone to fix it. Learn the brand, model, and if you have it, the maintenance history. That way you can provide the contractor with all the necessary information.
Tour your home before calling a contractor. Figure out which rooms are hot and cold. Doing so can help your technician fix your HVAC issue quickly.
Clean the condenser coils and fan at the beginning of the year to help the unit run efficiently. The power to the unit should be removed before you begin any maintenance, even cleaning. Remove leaves and debris from the outside condenser.
The HVAC unit in your home can become damaged from falling leaves. Whenever leaves are falling, consistently clean the fan grill. The fan should have a clear path for air to come in. If it is blocked, your system will suffer.
If you have a fan condenser with oil ports, it needs to be lubricated every year. You will notice these ports have a rubber or metal cap covering them. Use SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight, and put 10 drops or fewer in each port, but make sure to avoid overfilling them.
If you can, install double-paned windows throughout your home. Double pane windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer. This also works during the cold months to keep the warm air inside.
Regular maintenance of your unit should be performed annually. During a maintenance visit, professionals can help by inspecting the system’s motor, oil the different moving parts as well as check the system’s freon levels. These things will boost the performance of your system.
If nobody is home, turn off the air conditioner to save money. The house will only heat up to a certain point. Leaving it on for the entire day means that it is struggling to keep things cool, something that takes lots of energy.
Don’t let your house get too hot. Air conditioners really can only cool a home down about 20 degrees Fahrenheit within a reasonable amount of time. So, if your home temp reaches 100 degrees, your air conditioning will only bring that temp down to about 80 degrees. While it depends on the humidity, this is not safe for a human to sleep in to recover from the heat of the summer.
Air conditioners tend to ice up at times. Freezing drain lines are also possible and can be mistaken for leaks. If you see this, put the fan on to shut the compressor off. 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.
Not many things are of more importance when it comes to having a comfortable environment in a home than having an HVAC system that works the way it should. It can be pretty frustrated when this system breaks down. Use the information you have read throughout the process.