Ensuring that you keep tabs on your HVAC maintenance and learning to do the basics yourself can assist in allowing your system to last longer and save you money down the line.
But with such an expensive system, it can be frightening to tackle maintenance yourself. While a home automation system makes management simple, you might need to conduct some maintenance on your own from time to time. Here are a few simple tips to help you familiarize yourself with the primary functions of your HVAC system and to maintain it without dishing out a lot of money on professional services.
Give It Some Space
You should keep at least two feet of space cleared around your outdoor HVAC unit. This is because having it in proximity to something can block the air flow through the unit. This is bad for the equipment, and can make it run hotter, increasing operating costs and shortening its life.
Keep It Level
Check to see if your outdoor unit is on firm and level ground. Equipment should be level to ensure water can drain out of it and prevent any wear and tear on the fan motors and the compressor.
Clear It Out
Make sure your unit filter is free and clear of any leaves, grass, pollen or other items. By neglecting to remove these items, you can cause the equipment to use more electricity and even break down, meaning a shorter lifetime and costly repairs. On the other hand, a clean filter can keep your system running smoothly and save you money.
Replace Your Filter
It’s advised that you replace the air filter at least every 90 days, but if you need more assistance with when knowing to replace filters there different tech products to keep in mind. High-efficiency, pleated air filters are also suggested because they might help to reduce air flow, leading to lower maintenance costs.
Inspect It Yourself
Inspect the refrigerant lines on a monthly basis. This enables you to see if your unit is running properly and that there are no signs of leaks or frost, which indicates your unit is somewhat clogged and needs to be serviced.
Be Season Conscious
You’ll need to conduct season-specific HVAC maintenance, such as turning off the water to the furnace humidifier in the summer, and replacing the humidifier filter and turning on the water in the fall.
Mix together a cup of bleach and water, then pour it down the condensate drain of your air conditioner. This helps ward off any buildup or clogs consisting of mold and algae.
Replace The Batteries
Make sure you regularly replace the batteries in your programmable thermostat, so you’re getting a proper reading. Sometimes, problems with programmable thermostats are simply caused by drained batteries and can be easily solved.
Make Sure It’s Correctly Calibrated
Test the accuracy of your thermostat by using another temperature gauge. If they don’t match up, your thermostat may need to be re-calibrated.
Ensure The Power Is On
Check your unit’s power source to ensure that it’s functioning properly. Circuit breakers can get tripped and switches can get flipped.
While it may seem like HVAC maintenance is something you should probably leave to the pros, understanding the basics yourself can ultimately help you save money. What’s more, ensuring you’re performing regular maintenance will make your unit last longer because it won’t have to work as hard, saving you the money it would cost to buy a new one.
Keep in mind, though, if you're unsure about how to do something please call your local HVAC maintenance company.
Written by Lolly Spindler
Originally posted on vivint.com