Everyone has a busy life, whether you run a business or have a busy family life. It can be easy to forget about regular maintenance on your HVAC AC system. But forgetting to do so can be more costly than you realize. Once you familiarize yourself with how your HVAC system works, you will never forget to schedule that seasonal maintenance again.
Why Is Maintenance So Important?
Routine maintenance is important to your HVAC system so that is continues to work properly and that there is no unexpected issue that may arise. Since you may not have regular contact with your AC system, it can be easily forgotten about and neglected. Such as if you don’t have routine oil checks or changes on your car, it will break down on you. Your HVAC system is no different, no matter if it’s the latest or most expensive model. It can still break down on you if you neglect it.
Benefits of Routine Maintenance
You may be thinking to yourself, is it really worth it to have routine maintenance on your HVAC system. Keep in mind the benefits of routine maintenance such as avoiding and preventing future costly repairs.
Other Benefits Include;
- Lower Energy Bills
- Fewer Repairs
- Lessens the chance of a major breakdown at the most inconvenient time
- Prolongs the lifetime of your ac system
- You can be assured that your HVAC system not only runs smoothly but also safely
Maintenance Tasks You Can Do
Most of the repairs to your AC system should be left to a professional but there a few you can do yourself. Schedule your maintenance in the spring and then again in the fall months. Change the HVAC air filter every month, some units have a light indicator that tells you when the filter needs to be cleaned.
Remove any debri from the outdoor unit and hose it down when dirt begins to accumulate. Also, be sure to trim any foliage to at least 18 inches from your outdoor unit. Make sure that there is nothing blocking your ac units and keep those areas clear.
What You Should Leave to the Pros
There will a few tasks that as a home or business owner will not be able to do themselves. Tune-ups should be left to a professional that has been trained and is knowledgeable about what tasks needs to be done.
A professional technician will check the thermostat and make sure it’s calibrated correctly to ensure comfort during the different climates. They also tighten electrical connections to prevent loose wiring that can be dangerous and cause a system to not function properly. A technician also measures the voltage and current on the equipments’ motors.
They will also:
- Lubricate any moving parts of the system
- Inspect the condensate drain
- Check system controls
- Clean and adjust the blower
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils
- Check the refrigerant charge
- Check the fuel line connections (poor gas or oil connections are a potential fire hazard and can also cause health problems)
- Inspect gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger
You may have been feeling the heat this summer and have been using your AC unit more frequently. With this increase in use you will want to remember to conduct routine maintenance. Although, there is a few things you can do yourself, there is a few others that you want to leave to a professional.
Contact us at Scott’s Cooling to schedule any necessary repairs or maintenance that your unit may need to be sure it’s running smoothly. For your convenience, you have the option to schedule seasonal maintenance in advance. Visit us online at www.scottscooling.com or call us today at (808) 877-3665.