Tips On How To Take Care Of Your HVAC System This Fall

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Fall is the time of year when you’re most likely to need your heating and air conditioning system. And while this might not sound like a big deal, it can actually be quite an expensive problem if you don’t take care of it! To avoid that, there are a few things you should do.

Clean or Replace Filters

It’s important to change filters when needed. A dirty filter, also known as a clogged filter, can cause your heating and air conditioning system to work harder than it should, leaving you with higher energy bills and lower comfort levels. If you’re not sure whether your filter needs to be changed, here are a few signs to look for:

1) Visible dirt accumulation on the filters – The filter screens will eventually become clogged with dirt over time and need to be cleaned or replaced.

2) Unusually noisy operation – Dirty filters can make your heating and cooling system work much harder than required, which may result in the unit making unusual noises that weren’t typically there before.

3) The issue persists after replacing the filter – If you’ve replaced your filter recently and still notice problems, it’s possible that the filters are not actually dirty. It could also be a sign of mechanical failure or other problem instead.

Clean Around the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit should also be kept clean to avoid dirt from building up around the outdoor unit and clogging the filter. Blowing it off with a hose or vacuuming it will suffice. Dirt can accumulate quickly on the surface of the outdoor unit, which can cause mechanical failure if left unchecked.

Be sure to inspect your outdoor unit once a year to check for signs of rust or corrosion. If the unit is visibly corroded, it may be time for a replacement because those types of problems usually occur slowly over time and cannot be fixed easily.

Check your Fan Blades

If your fan blades appear dull and rusty, then you should also inspect the inside of the unit. This will typically require you to remove the front panel and clean it out and replace any parts that may need to be repaired or replaced. Dirty and rusted fan blades can accelerate this process.

Also check for any obstruction in the heat exchanger and remove if necessary, such as leaves or other debris. This will help to ensure that your system is running at peak performance and prevent abnormal sounds from occurring.

Check Coils and Drain Lines

Check for mechanical failure or other problems. Your air conditioning unit may not be clogged with dirt, but it could also have a mechanical issue instead. To diagnose the cause of the problem, you’ll want to inspect your coils and drain lines.

A dirty filter can result in an AC system that is working much harder than required, which is likely to produce abnormal sounds.

If your AC-unit appears to be making unusual noises, there may be something wrong with your coils or drain – which often happens when the condenser coil is dirty or iced up.

The condenser coil can accumulate dirt and dust over time, which will slow down the performance of the AC system and make it louder.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Making sure that your system is well maintained will help to ensure that it operates at peak efficiency, requiring less work from your system and reducing the risk of breakouts. You want to keep it clean, keep it maintained, and replace any parts/components as needed. This is what you do to take care of your HVAC system this fall. One way to do that is by having your system inspected by a hvac maintenance professional, which can help you avoid costly hvac repairs during the winter season.

 

This article has provided a few tips to help you take care of your HVAC system this fall. It is important that you have it inspected by an expert before the winter season, and if necessary, change the filter in your AC unit! If these tasks seem too intimidating for you or if they are outside of your expertise-do not fret. Our team is always ready to partner with our customers on their home improvement projects. We can provide quality workmanship while making sure that we keep up with any applicable safety regulations or codes set forth by local authorities. Let’s chat about what type of service would best suit your needs so we can get started on a plan today!

Air Conditioning Inspection & Repair: When to Call in the Pros

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As with any important appliance, vehicle, or other important item in your life, maintenance is the key to the life and efficiency of your air conditioning system. Regular inspections, proper maintenance, and thorough repairs when they are needed can help your air conditioning system work to its maximum efficiency and purpose.

There are many maintenance and repair jobs that can be done yourself, with the help of some thorough instructions and a few tools. Other jobs should be left to a professional, but how do you know when to call someone and when to do it yourself?

Routine and thorough inspections are one of the most important parts of maintaining your air conditioning system. Inspections should be performed twice a year. The changing of the seasons is usually the best reminder to inspect and service your air conditioning system.

Specific areas to inspect and what requires a call to a professional are:

Filers

Most everyone knows that you should change your filters every month or so, depending on the type of filters you use and your preferences. About twice yearly or more often, depending on whether or not they become visibly dirty or compacted, the ducts and vents need to be vacuumed and cleaned out. You can use household cleaning products, or a mix of vinegar and water does the trick perfectly. Make sure that all of the components are thoroughly dried before replacing the filters and vent doors.

Vents

Check all air vents around the house for signs of damage, and clean these as well.

Ducts

Your air conditioning system has a lot of exposed ductwork. All of this should be inspected for signs of wear and tear, dents, and loose fittings. Keep a look out also for signs that air is escaping the ducts, such as dirt streaks. If you notice a lot of problems in the duct work, it is a good idea to call a professional to help identify any duct repair needed.

Furnace

Carefully, turn on the furnace and actually look at the flame. It should burn blue and steady. If the flame is flickering and is red or orange, this could mean it is not working properly. If this occurs, call a professional to help with your furnace repair needs.

Thermostat

Open the thermostat and check for dust, which can cause it to lose function over time. Clean out any dust, hair, or other particles with a cotton swab.

Compressors

While you should always keep an eye on your outdoor air compressor to keep it free from falling leaves, branches, sticks, and other debris, you should closely inspect it at least twice a year. Look for dents, and take the cover off to check the blades for damage. If the blades are damaged, absolutely call a professional. It isn’t safe to replace the blades yourself.

Generally, these inspections can be made yourself, without the help of a professional. Most of what needs to be inspected is visible to the eye and you can make safe calculations about whether things look okay or not. If you have any doubts, or you notice any of the specified issues mentioned, give us a call at (910) 964-4203 and our team at Air Pro Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to assist!