A quality HVAC will keep proper air flowing at all times. The cost of fixing a system is high while maintaining it could save you that money. The following article discusses what you need to know about HVAC systems.
Check out the system that you have before you call a professional. Get information on the make and model, plus if you have information on the history of maintenance, that will help, too. Your contractor will appreciate this information.
Understand what you want before talking to a contractor. It will be hard for a contractor to give you a price estimate over the phone if they have not seen your current system. If you can’t explain anything to them, this will be even more difficult. So, figure out this information before anything else.
Clean the condenser on your debris regularly. You don’t know when things are going to pile up, like right after it’s windy or rains, and that can ruin your system. It can also cause it to overheat.
Clean the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan every spring. Don’t forget to disconnect the power first. Next, pop the grill off, put the blades out and start to gently clean them along with the unit.
The HVAC unit in your home can become damaged from falling leaves. Make sure the fan’s grill is cleaned often during the fall. The fan must stay clear in order to function, and if it gets blocked, you will have to contend with problems.
Some fan condensers may contain oil parts, and if yours does, ensure it is lubricated at least once per year. You’ll see that the ports here are closed with a rubber or metal cap. Put 10 drops of lightweight, non-detergent SAE oil in each port. Be careful not to use too much.
Check your unit at least twice each year. The fall and spring are the optimal times for this maintenance. Even if you do not detect a problem, you can identify and fix any potential problems when you have it checked.
When the weather cools down, turn your outdoor condenser off. If temps go below 60 you run the risk of damaging a unit that remains on. This can keep your system working for years and save you a lot on repairs.
If everyone is out, turn the air conditioner off. Even though the house will get hotter, it won’t get too bad if the unit is off. The unit will use a large amount of electricity to combat the heat during the day when the house is empty.
Shop around before hiring an HVAC contractor. Checking with the BBB is a good idea, and so is checking online reviews to see the experiences that other customers have had with a company. Investing the time to check out potential contractors can save you money and headaches.
Your HVAC helps you to stay comfortable in your home. You can save money by using the advice above. But it is up to you to follow them, so you don’t find yourself in the position to shell out thousands of dollars fixing something that could have been prevented.