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Keeping your HVAC system running smoothly is not just a matter of adjusting the temperature or turning on the fan; there are many factors that can affect how well your system performs, including humidity, air quality and temperature. Here are some tips to help keep your HVAC system running smoothly.
Check for Leaks
Leaking air conditioning and heating systems are one of the most common problems in America today. If you notice that water is dripping from your outdoor unit or the top of your indoor unit, there may be a leak somewhere in your HVAC system. Check for any obvious leaks by using a flashlight and shining it under your unit. You may also want to take off the top of your unit and look inside at the pipes connecting all of the parts together. If you see any water stains on these pipes, call an HVAC service immediately so that they can fix this problem before it becomes severe.
Filters are designed to trap dirt, pollen and other unwanted particles from entering your HVAC system. These particles can clog the system’s fan, drier and heat exchanger tubing, sometimes resulting in overheating. It can also lead to reduced efficiency and higher energy bills. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, it may be time for a new one. You should change your filters at least once every six months and more often if your air conditioner runs frequently or is outdoors for long periods.
Insulate Pipes and Connectors
Insulating your pipes and connectors with weather stripping or pipe insulation tape provides several benefits. First, it minimizes the chances of the pipes freezing in cold weather. Frozen pipes can cause various problems, including cracked pipes, low pressure, and high operating costs.
Pipe insulation also reduces heat loss to the surrounding area, enabling your HVAC system to maintain the required indoor temperatures. As a result, it leads to less energy consumption, which cuts the overall cost of utility bills. Additionally, insulating your pipes and connectors will prevent humidity and pipe sweating resulting from condensing warm, humid air.
Keep Track of Maintenance Schedules
Do a check-up on your HVAC system every six months to ensure it’s in good working condition. Regularly scheduled maintenance will help you avoid costly repairs, which can be expensive and inconvenient for you and your family. Schedule an inspection with a licensed technician who can tell you what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. The most common maintenance tasks include:
- Filling in air leaks around your ducts: This prevents air from escaping, which can lead to higher utility bills and decreased indoor comfort.
- Checking for clogged filters and vents: Cleaning them out will help make sure that proper airflow is present throughout the system. If there are any issues with these components, they will need to be replaced.
- Replacing parts when needed:: This includes filters, fans, and other parts on your HVAC system that are designed for regular replacement or replacement during annual maintenance checks.
Clean and Oil the Condenser Coil
This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. The condenser coil is a metal plate that sits on top of your air conditioning unit and gets hot as it brings in cool air from outside, then cools it down before sending it back into your home.
If there’s dirt or debris on this metal plate, it can cause corrosion and lead to blackening or rusting, eventually leading to a complete breakdown of the unit. You can clean them with a high-pressure hose nozzle to remove any accumulated debris. This is best done by an HVAC contractor with relevant experience for this particular job. You should also check your condenser coil regularly to ensure no cracks are forming on it and that there are no leaks around its base.
Keep the Chimney Clean
The chimney is responsible for getting rid of all the soot from your furnace and air conditioning unit, which helps prevent buildup and clogs in the ductwork. To keep this important component clean, use a brush or rag with mild soap and water to remove debris around the chimney cap or flue liner. Then use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove any loose ash or soot that may have fallen into crevices during cleaning efforts. Call an HVAC technician immediately if you notice large amounts of soot accumulating on top of your fireplace wall.
Calibrate the Thermostat
Calibrating your thermostat will help lower energy consumption and overall costs. Ensure you pay attention to weather changes to adjust the thermostat temperatures at the beginning of a cooling and heating season. For easy control of temperatures, install a programmable thermostat.
Ensuring your HVAC system runs efficiently will help boost its efficiency while lowering energy bills. It will also help minimize costly repairs and replacements. It would be best to call a professional to inspect and service your HVAC system regularly.