Spring and Fall HVAC maintenance is essential. Most people don’t have these tasks on a regular to-do list, but they should. It’s good to add the appointments to your calendar because they are an out-of-sight, out-of-mind type of thing. Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC unit functioning in top form and extend the life of that expensive piece of equipment.
If you’re a regular DIY person, there are several parts of the process that you can handle. Doing some light duty will save you money because the HVAC technician won’t have to spend as much time at your house. Suppose you’re not qualified to do HVAC work. In that case, you’ll need a professional to take care of several tasks that will ensure your unit operates at top efficiency. This will, of course, save you money in the short and long run.
HVAC Maintenance a Homeowner Should Do
If you have an air conditioning unit outside on the ground, you’ll want to start by taking off protective covers. Give the unit a visual inspection and note anything that looks to be in disrepair.
Clean any debris off the tops and sides. Leaves, twigs, and animals may have made their way under the cover. Look for any vents and make sure they are clear of any debris.
If you don’t have a spare filter, be sure and write down the exact measurements. Pick up a few extra as ideally, you should change the filter every three months.
Repeat the process for your heating unit. While you’re inside, thoroughly clean all the registers. They tend to hold onto lots of dust and animal fur. Unless you’re a die-hard DIY, you’ll want to have a professional clean all the ducts that move the air throughout your home because the ductwork is usually in the crawl space. This falls in from sight out of mind, and many homeowners forget this vital step for cleaner air.
Professional HVAC Maintenance Areas
There are a lot of working parts to your HVAC unit. The older the unit, the more you’ll want to baby it. You may still remember how expensive it was with newer units, so take care of it the same way.
When 410 Same Day comes out to service your HVAC, there are several things they will want to do.
Coil and blower fans will need to be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated. The refrigerant levels must be filled if they’re low. If the levels are too low, it could be indicative of a leak.
Your technician will inspect the electrical connections to ensure they are tight and check the motor and fan blades.
The technician will also check your ductwork for leaks saving you money on your bill. Often a separate company will clean your ductwork. It’s well worth it since the airflow is much more efficient, thus saving you money. You won’t be breathing in the accumulated dust and allergens.
It’s also best to check that your thermostat is working correctly. If the temperature fluctuates, you may also want to check with your teenagers.
A homeowner can accomplish many of the HVAC spring and fall maintenance duties to save the technician time and money. But nothing can replace the service a professional HVAC company provides. Call 410 Same Day to schedule an HVAC spring/fall maintenance appointment.