Most people are not fraught with knowledge when it comes to HVAC. This can make it hard to choose a good HVAC system or to deal with problems to your existing system. The information you will read will help you tremendously.
Get all of the details regarding a broken system before calling for repair. You need to know who manufactured the product and the item number. Also, get the maintenance records from your files if you have them. This makes sure your contractor will be sufficiently prepared.
Prior to choosing an HVAC customer, try to have an idea of what you want done. A contractor cannot give an accurate estimate without looking at your system. If you can’t explain anything to them, this will be even more difficult. Thus, it is worthwhile to have this knowledge ahead of time.
If you have outside condenser units, make sure to regularly clean the debris that builds up. Debris can pile up after a storm, bringing potential damage with it. It may even overheat, which can ruin your system.
Clean the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan every spring. Turn the power off so nothing moves. Remove the grill and carefully clean the blades and surrounding areas.
As the leaves are falling off the trees, your HVAC system can really take a hit. Be sure to clean your fan grill frequently when trees nearby are shedding. Otherwise, the unit will have to work unnecessarily hard.
Check to determine if the fan condenser on your HVAC system is equipped with oil ports, and if it is, be sure to lubricate every year. You can easily find the ports as they have a rubber or metal cap. Choose an oil graded SAE 20, it is non-detergent and lightweight. Place about 10 drops into each of the ports, taking care that it does not overfill.
Dealing with a broken HVAC system is a nightmare every homeowner dreads. But a little learning prior to that happening can lessen the risk of trouble happening earlier than it needs to. Keep these tips handy so that you can refer to them as needed.