Ventura 2017: HVAC Maintenance Facts and Tips
As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, that is why it is crucial to learn preventive maintenance tips to keep your HVAC system functioning properly. The ideal schedule for HVAC preventive maintenance for a system that cools and heats is in the spring and fall, at least once a year for the cooling system maintenance before the cooling season, and for furnace maintenance at least once a year before the heating season. It is important to inspect, clean, or change your air filters once a month because a dirty filter can increase energy expenditure and may damage your equipment that may lead to early failure.
You have to schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance one or two months before the beginning of the summer season to keep your system clean and running smoothly, as well as save twenty percent on your heating and cooling costs. It is important to inspect your outdoor unit by taking the following steps: inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories: inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect compressor and tubing for any damage; and inspect and clean coil and cabinet. Clear your HVAC system by trimming plants and shrubs surrounding your air conditioning outdoor unit to make sure that air circulates properly. For your indoor units, you have to inspect and clean the blower assembly including the blower wheel, blower housing, and the motor; and lubricate older models and replace the belt as needed. It is crucial to also check your gas furnaces for any gas leak, and inspect and clean the burner assembly and make some adjustments as necessary. It is essential to inspect your HVAC system’s safety controls and ignition system, the heat exchanger, heating elements, and flue system for proper attachment.
Install programmable thermostats to change the temperature while you are away or if you are sleeping to cut on your energy expenses by ten percent. While your HVAC system is operating, listen for abnormal sounds; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; measure low and high side system pressures; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. Preventive maintenance is important to your HVAC system to prevent future issues and to lengthen the lifespan of your unit, and Ventura HVAC Maintenance Services can help you out by visiting our website or homepage now!