Tips to Keep Your HVAC System in Good Shape
Tips to Keep Your HVAC System in Good Shape
HVAC is not just playing an important role in one’s home, offices, apartments, and condominiums. Remember that this is also used in places like hospitals, clinics, care homes, and even urgent care centers. We want to keep this thing running and fully functional as long as possible. So what are the basic ways to keep an HVAC system in good shape? Here are some of them:
Clean your filter regularly
This may sound common sense but this is often neglected by almost everybody. If these filters get covered with dust, particles, and debris, it will have the same effect as to coil getting dirty. This will then affect the refrigerant pressures or the freon pressures and your coil can start to freeze or heat. Basically, it’s not gonna keep up hot air or cool your house enough. Filters should be also replaced monthly. Though it may look clean sometimes, as you examine it further, it may not, that is why it is advisable to change your filters at least once a month.
Routinely check your condenser (outdoor unit)
Since your condenser is sucking air through the side, eventually, this coil will get plugged up with dust, debris, leaves, and other particles. So at the beginning of the summer season, just look over your condenser coil and of course, all throughout the summer season as well. If it’s dirty then hose it down with water. Don’t brush it or use foam cleaner since some chemicals have corrosive chemicals in them and it’ll corrode the coil of your condenser unit especially if your fence is made of aluminum.
Things that you might also consider doing for your condenser unit:
- Check to see if there is a mouse nest that was built during the winter.
- Clear out debris that may affect your condenser unit
- Level your condenser unit
- Check the volume of refrigerant
Inspect your ductworks routinely
Air ducts are very important in your HVAC system in your home. Its main purpose is to help distribute heated and cooled air from the system into the various rooms of your home. If the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated they are likely contributing to higher energy bills.
Over the years, a lot of air goes through them so that they are always expanding and contracting. The metal can become fatigued and develop cracks or gaps. This will compromise your HVAC in general
You should also pay attention to the signs that your ductworks need a replacement. They may be/have:
- Noisy – this is a good indicator that your ductworks have clogs or damage. Noise is made when air can’t properly pass-through.
- Odor (Possible presence of mold growth) – This is a threat to you and your family’s health. If mold is present in your ductwork, mind that at every start of the system, molds will be spread all over your house followed by a foul odor. This can cause allergies and serious conditions like respiratory diseases.
- Dents and Punctures – This can cause a spike in your energy bill and will also lead to poor airflow.
- Poor cooling and heating – This is either caused by clogs or damaged ductworks. You can also check your filter to see if it’s cleaned or not. If it is, then the problem is in your ductworks.
Check your furnace
You should inspect for any dirt that could build-up inside the furnace. You also wanna inspect if there are any kind of oil stains. Oil stain means a potential leaking point so if you see any oil you would probably investigate it further or call a technician to see if it’s, in fact, a real leak or not. You should also mind the rust spots and that would cause leakage over time.
Call for a yearly maintenance
There are a lot of checkings and inspections that are needed that we cannot cover all in this article. So much more details that need to be looked at. So many things that we need to consider in order to say that one’s HVAC is fully functional or needs a replacement.
Calling an expert will let you think that it costs you money but to be honest, it will save you a lot of money and headaches. If you do the yearly maintenance, you’ll be attentive to what your system might need and how your system is running. This way, your system might survive for at least a couple of years extra rather than neglecting it now and regret it later when your system gave up too early.
Check your drainage system
Always check in your drain pan to check the presence of debris, oils, particles, rust, and gums from hard water and dust and will potentially block your drain. You always want to make sure that it is white and crystal clear.
Drain and water damage, during summer, is the number one that causes damage in the system from maintenance neglect. Checking the drainage system should be done every season since during wintertime, there is no condensation, dust will settle in your pipes, and the drainage pan. At the initial start of the system, with low condensation, that little bit of water will kick all the debris and dust inside your traps and if that happens every year, it will eventually accumulate. Pipes then will be blocked and water will fill up the drainage pan.
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