Your heating, ventilation, and cooling system provides comfort year-round – on the hottest and coldest days of the year, it’s working for you. And because it’s working so hard, it requires attention and maintenance in exchange. Here are eight parts of your HVAC system that you should check at least once a year–
Rather than checking your air filter just once a year, you should actually be replacing your air filter at least every three months, if not more regularly. The air filter helps to keep the air in your home clean; when it is clogged or dirty, your HVAC system won’t work as efficiently.
Without the right level of refrigerant, your HVAC system won’t perform ideally. Too much is a waste, but too little likely means you won’t get the cool temperatures in your home that you really want.
If your HVAC system isn’t working, check your thermostat before you check anything else. It’s common for batteries to need to be replaced. A quick check of the system to ensure everything’s working as it should once a year is a good idea.
In order to make sure that your system is ready for the year ahead, your outdoor unit will need to be cleaned and cleared of any dirt and debris before you turn your system on. Things can get clogged and efficiency will be impaired otherwise.
If you think that you have any electrical issues, it’s best to hire a trained technician or electrician to handle it – attempting electrical repairs on your own can be very dangerous. That being said, electrical connections on your HVAC system should be both tightened and tested to ensure that they are working normally.
The blower assembly refers to three primary parts: the blower motor, the blower wheel, and the housing that covers both. Just like your outdoor unit, you want to ensure that these parts are clean and relatively free from dirt and debris.
Evaporator coils should be cleaned and checked as needed. To do this, turn your A/C unit off, remove the screws on the access panel, and blow loose air and dirt on the evaporator coils off. You should also check the drain pan.
If it’s been a while since you last had your ducts cleaned, you may be surprised to find dirt, debris, leaves, pet hair, and perhaps even dead insects or animals within. Ducts can become incredibly dirty, and if they do, your air quality and HVAC efficiency can be impaired. In addition to getting your ducts cleaned, you should also check for any leaks.
We know that performing HVAC maintenance and HVAC repairs on your own can be intimidating, and for those without training, probably not a good idea. For all of the HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair services you need, our team at Naughton Mechanical LLC is here to help. Please call us today or send us a message to learn more about how we can be of service.
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