Preventative maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician every spring and fall is the best way to not only keep your home’s heating and cooling systems running and functioning properly, but also to prolong the life of your total system and see big savings on your annual energy bills. Here is a partial checklist of items, some of which most people can handle, but the rest often goes beyond the knowledge and experience of the average homeowner and requires qualified technicians to perform.
What You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
- Purchase and utilize high efficiency pleated air filters. These filters have an electrostatic charge that acts like a magnet to catch and hold tiny airborne particles, many of which carry bacteria.
- Replace air filters every 90 days, more often if you have pets.
- Check thermostat for proper home and away settings.
- Check controls for proper and safe operation by starting cycle at the beginning of the heating and cooling seasons by turning the system on, let run, then shut off.
- Verify no more than 20% of the registers in your home are closed to avoid unnecessary strain on the system.
- In the summer, turn off water supply to furnace humidifier. In the fall, replace humidifier filter and turn water supply to humidifier back on, with settings at a suggested 35% to 40% humidity.
- Replace carbon monoxide detector batteries and ensure proper operating status annually.
- Keep the tops and sides of outdoor units free of debris such as leaves, pollen, and grass clippings.
- Maintain two feet of clear space around outdoor units and ensure they are on solid and level ground.
What a Certified Technician Can Do to Maintain Your HVAC System
- Cooling System Maintenance
- Clean evaporator and condenser AC coils
- Clean and adjust blower components such as the blower motor
- Check and clear AC condensate drain and lines to prevent clogs and algae and mold growth
- Tighten electrical connections and lubricate moving parts
- Check operating pressure of refrigerant and inspect refrigerant lines
- Check compressor amperage, voltage, draw, and wiring connections
- Check for burned or pitted contactors
- Run a capacitor test
- Ensure valves are all in proper working order
- Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure
- Check burner combustion and vents, as well as heat exchanger for proper operation and condition and any potential safety and health issues
- Test air flow for carbon monoxide levels
- Check ignition and exhaust system
- Verify supply and return air temperature differential
- Check safety and control circuits for proper operation and condition
- Lubricate all moving parts per manufacturer specifications
Certified technicians can inspect and clean, diagnose, repair, and replace any part of your HVAC system that is not functioning properly and to its fullest capacity. Contact us to schedule your fall preventative heating and cooling maintenance visit today!