Providing regular service and maintenance for your HVAC system can lengthen its life and maximize the efficiency of your HVAC unit, which can make a big difference to your botom line and the cost of your monthly utility bill.
Basic HVAC maintenance should be performed by the home or business owner at least twice each year, usually in the spring and fall at the start and end of each cooling or heating season. However, air filters need to be checked and replaced more frequently according to your HVAC manufacturer’s specificications, sometimes as often as once each month.
When performing a service and maintenance check on your HVAC system, start by checking the settings. Your thermostat should be set to keep you comfortable when you are inside your home or business, but they should help you save money and energy when the building is empty. A progreammable thermostate is a great investment in the life and efficiency of your HVAC unit.
Next, check all of the electrical connections to your HVAC system and determine if any maintenance or repairs are needed. Make sure all connections are tight and use a voltmeter to determine if the right amount of electricity is flowing into your HVAC system. If you are unsure of how to perform these important service and maintenance procedures on your system, call Carter Services and we are happy to offer our advice.
Other important procedures for providing service and maintenance for your HVAC unit include lubricating all moving parts to reduce wear and tear on your system. Additionally, check the condensate drain and be sure to remove any blockages.
Every HVAC system has two parts: a heating and and air conditioning side.
On the air conditioning side, be sure to clean the condenser air conditioner coils and the evaporator. Dirt on these components will make your air conditioner less efficient and it will take longer to cool your home. You’ll also need to check the refrigerant level and ensure the the blower is cleared of any obstructions.
On the heating side, look for any cracked or displaced connections, which can cause serious health concerns and high electricity bills. These will need to be removed or replaced right away.