Is your HVAC system on the fritz? Being stuck in the cold or in intense heat can be a miserable experience. Imagine having your heating system conk out during an Arctic chill. You can’t always prevent these scenarios from happening but with a few key ideas in mind you can lessen the likelihood of a system failure.
Doing just a little bit of maintenance now can help you avoid some nasty situations down the road.
Either change or clean filters monthly to keep your HVAC system humming along smoothly. This is the most basic of tips yet few homeowners subscribe to it. Spend a few minutes checking out filters. Since clogged filters can create gremlins in your system it makes sense to routinely clean and replace filters. You can do this on your own so don’t be afraid.
Check the Outdoor Situation
Too many homeowners focus on the indoor setup without scanning outdoor areas for possible obstructions. Your HVAC unit needs a clean, fresh, ample supply of air flowing from an outside source to function properly. Grass, tree branches and overgrown shrubbery create blocks which hamper your system’s effectiveness. Clear any debris from the outside unit to avoid unpleasant system breakdowns. Trim regularly to keep this area free from vegetation.
Cracks and other broken areas can lead to HVAC problems. Check for broken sealants too. Performing a spot check regularly helps you stem any issues with a quick and easy band aid before you need to invest a small fortune in a system overhaul.
Observe the area by the HVAC system. Do you see signs of leakage? Spotting a mini pool of water is a definite red flag that shouldn’t be ignored. Carefully inspect the unit to check for any water residue.
Look through the coils, filters, ducts and blowers for signs of blocks. Ensure that your system works effectively by removing any harmful obstructions.
Professional Due Diligence
Since some jobs will fall outside of your skill set speak to a licensed professional concerning maintenance and repair of your HVAC unit. Double check licensing and insurance to cover yourself and your home. Demand a written estimate and make sure to inquire into referrals so you can speak to other customers to get a feel for their services. Don’t forget to connect with your friend network. Family, friends and fellow employees likely have a list of proven, dependable and professional HVAC specialists to speak to when you need someone to help you out.
Don’t rush through the due diligence process. Whether you’re shopping around for a specialist or you’re following a few of these simple, easy to use tips your mind may be clouded by fear, doubt and worry about your malfunctioning HVAC system. Usually, if you spot a problem you may be afraid that you’ll need to invest a significant amount of money in repair work. Many times this is not the case. Keep calm, take a deep breath and do your homework to find the right professional and solution for your HVAC problem.