Many homeowners are at a loss when the HVAC system collapses. To stop such a situation from becoming a real disaster, it pays to spend some time getting familiar with the topic. Continue reading to learn about using qualified help.
Check out the system that you have before you call a professional. Write down the brand and the model and have all maintenance records on hand. The contractor will likely need all of this information.
If your HVAC is running into problems, check out each room in your house before calling for assistance. Jot down the rooms that are hot and the ones that are cold. The contractor can probably figure out and fix the problem easier.
Before you choose someone to do HVAC work, figure out what they need to do for you. It will be difficult for an HVAC contractor to provide you with an estimate on the phone without knowing what your current setup is. If you can’t explain anything to them, this will be even more difficult. You need to know this before you begin.
Clean your fan blades and coils each spring to ensure that your condenser fan operates at it’s best. Before you clean the surface, be sure to turn off the power. Take away all of the debris as well.
Clean the debris off your outdoor condenser unit. Leaves and debris can accumulate quickly, particularly following storms, and that can cause problems for your system. This can lead to overheating.
Every spring you should clean the coils and fan blades on your condenser fan. Turn it off first so you don’t get hurt or break something. Remove the grill and carefully clean the blades and surrounding areas.
Avoid showering your outdoor unit with grass clippings when you mow the lawn. Shoot the grass away from the unit. This also applies when you blow leaves, so be very careful near your exterior HVAC units when you move debris.
Check to determine if the fan condenser on your HVAC system is equipped with oil ports, and if it is, be sure to lubricate every year. These ports have a metal covering. Sometimes it is rubber. You should select an SAE 20 oil since it is lightweight and does not contain detergent. Be sure to use just 10 drops or so, or your system may overfill.
When choosing the area for placing an outdoor compressor device, place it in a shady area. If you have a unit taking in air that’s cooler, it won’t have to work so hard to cool air that it sends to your home.
Outdoor condenser units need to be turned off when the weather turns cold. The unit will become damaged if you do not take care of it. Doing this keeps your system working well for years and saves you from having to spend money to repair it.
The home’s heating and cooling system is integral if you want to be comfortable. However, had you known what you know now, you could have likely avoided the problem all together. These tips are very simple, but they can help you avoid expensive fees by teaching you to handle the maintenance yourself.