Not much is more stressful than having a broken system in winter or summer. Learning about HVAC systems in advance will help you when it needs repair. Keep reading to start doing just that.
Clean the condenser coils and fan at the beginning of the year to help the unit run efficiently. Before you clean the unit, be sure to turn off the power. Additionally, remove leaves and any other debris from the outside condenser unit.
Make sure that you regularly clean debris that might build up on external condenser units. Things pile up after storms and damage your system. It can also cause it to overheat.
Clean the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan every spring. Before you do so, shut off the power to ensure that none of the parts will move while you work on it. Pull out each of the blades and clean them one by one.
Be careful when doing yard work that you do not get debris on or in your unit. Get the grass shot away from your unit. This also applies to leaf blowing and any other yard work that results in debris.
As the trees around your home lose leaves, it can cause your HVAC unit trouble. Clean outdoor units often to remove leaves. The fan needs to be able to get proper air inside without any blockages, and extra blockage can later develop into more serious problems.
If the condenser fan has oil parts, then you need to lubricate it at least once per year. You’ll find these ports are covered with a metal or rubber cap. Choose an oil graded SAE 20, it is non-detergent and lightweight. Place about 10 drops into each of the ports, taking care that it does not overfill.
If possible, put your HVAC in a shaded area if it is outside. As your air conditioner sucks in cool air, little will have to be done to cool it any further, saving you a ton on your energy bills.
As the temperature outside drops, remember to turn off your outdoor condenser unit. If it’s less than 60 degrees outside, turn the unit off. This will maximize the life of your unit.
Having to use a HVAC contractor might be daunting if you don’t have proper information. Still, a little research goes a long way. Now, you should feel much more empowered about dealing with issues when they arise.