If something is going to go wrong, it is usually going to happen when it is the absolute worst time for a catastrophe. It is wise to always expect catastrophes, and to know how to deal with the damage that it entails. Home owners do not want to anticipate HVAC emergencies, but it best to be able to know that eventually problems will arise with their HVAC systems. Here are some ways to be prepared and some preventive maintenance tips on how to avoid emergencies as well.
There are things that home owners can do to insure that their HVAC systems will be working properly for a long time. The first thing that is most important is checking and replacing air filters routinely. The air filter helps contain contaminants that might come in through the air supply, over time these contaminants will cause the air filter become clogged. A clogged air filter is not good for you HVAC system because this will slow down the system, and cause it work much harder than it has to. Checking the air filter every month is a good routine to have to check and see that if it needs to be replaced or not. Depending on what type of HVAC system you have determines when you should replace your filter, but it usually should be no more than two months.
Check The Drain Pans
Checking the drain pans of the HVAC system is always a good idea. The drain pan is what the drain lines pulling condensation out drain into. Over time these drain lines can be clogged, and cause the drain pan to overfill, this will result in water damage. If you have an HVAC system in your attic, this can cause quite the property damage. Always make sure that you know where the drain pan is, and check it periodically to make sure it is draining properly.
Check The Thermostats
The thermostat in the home is not only important to controlling the desired temperature of the home, but it also relays information to the HVAC system. This is because there is a sensor in the thermostat that tells whether the desired temperature is being met or not. If the sensor is placed in a small enclosed room, then the larger rooms of the home will never reach the desired temperature, and this will cause the HVAC system to overwork. It is also always important to change out your thermostat’s batteries from time to time. Sometimes it is easy to forget the simple things that are required to make your HVAC system run properly.
Check The Condenser
The condenser unit outside is extremely important to not forget when maintaining your HVAC system. The condenser coil can become obstructed with outside debris and cause your HVAC system to overwork. It is always a good idea from time to time to spray your condenser unit off a garden hose to help get rid of any dirt and debris.
There are times that there are things that home owners will not be able to fix themselves. It is essential to have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year, but if you are able it is really good to have it serviced before the extreme seasons hit. An HVAC technician can service your HVAC system and let home owners know if there are any problems that are not detectable to the home owner. Especially if there is a refrigerant leak they can find the source of the leak, and hopefully fix it. If it is a problem with the equipment, then it will have to be replaced.
No one wants to be stuck in an extremely hot or cold home, following these tips can help keep your HVAC system working properly, and give home owners peace of mind knowing that they are doing all they can to keep themselves comfortable.