Is Your Home Ready for the Summer Air Conditioning Season?
It’s now early spring making it the best time to call a professional for a service of your HVAC unit as the hotter months will quickly be upon us and are the busiest in the air conditioning industry. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – these three functions are usually combined in one system to heat and cool many homes today.
Sometimes it seems like there is no end to the different types of maintenance that goes into owning a home. Often we find ourselves neglecting to do annual maintenance and service on our most used and relied upon systems. Annual maintenance of your HVAC system (including window units) is necessary to optimize your utility spending and guarantee that it is in good working condition for those sweltering hot days that you need to depend on it to cool your home down. Don’t wait until the first hot day of the year to turn on your unit only to find that the once reliable system doesn’t work.
Did You Know?
Forty-five percent of the average annual energy bill goes toward heating and cooling. In fact, over a 10-year period the federal government estimates that more than $10,000 is spent on heating and cooling alone per household.
Routine Maintenance Is The Key
Whether you have a window or a central air conditioning unit both require routine maintenance to stay in peak condition. The general rule of thumb is to have your HVAC checked by a certified technician once per year as well as examination of the system on your own every month or so during its season(s) of use.
Checking And Maintaining Your HVAC System Encompasses The Following List Of Items:
1) Check the level of refrigerant. If low, this puts added pressure on the compressor to work harder ultimately reducing the efficiency and life of the system.
2) Depending upon the type of system you have (indoor or outdoor), the condenser coils or evaporator units need to be looked at and cleaned. Debris and dirt have a way of collecting on the coils which again effects efficiency and the strain put on the system’s mechanical parts.
3) Examine the fan motor or blower assembly. Again, depending upon what type of unit you have, you may want to ensure that the fan is clear of obstructions and functioning properly. If you have an outdoor unit, then you will need to look at the coil fins which pull the air through the system. In the case of an indoor blower unit the motor, fan wheel and housing should be looked at as well as the drive belt.
4) Ensure that all drains are clear of any obstructions and clean anything trapped in the unit.
5) Assess the condition of all refrigerant tubing and the compressor unit.
6) Lubrication of any moving parts as necessary. This is most applicable to older units as newer ones have sealed parts that do not necessitate additional lubrication.
7) Inspection of all wiring, connections and controls for any damage.
8) Clean or replace air filters.
9) Test the system to ensure everything is working properly.
10) Examine the ductwork if applicable for any leaks.
Monthly Maintenance Tips
Next, it’s on to monthly maintenance during the season of use that is up to you. Each month you should check the filter and see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced as dusty air-conditioning screens are bad for your health as well as your energy bill. In fact, you can save anywhere from 5% to 15% per month just by making sure that your filter is clean. If you have a cardboard framed disposable filter, then those should be replaced every other month. Otherwise if your filter is washable, then you should do a cleaning of it every month to two months.
Spring is the best time for an air conditioning tune-up in order to ensure that your unit is ready for the summer cooling season. It’s always best to conduct maintenance sooner rather than later as when summers heat turns on you’ll be thanking yourself for doing routine maintenance of your heating/cooling system now.
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