Ventura HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips and Tricks
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. Preventive maintenance for your HVAC should be done at least once a year for your cooling system before the cooling season, and for your heating system before the heating season, and for both system in the spring and fall. 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.
It is important to have an annual system check one to two months before the summer season starts. 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. Inspect your unit for gas leaks, and clean and adjust the burner assembly as needed. 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.
Installation of a programmable thermostat is necessary while you are sleeping or away and reduce energy bill by at least ten percent. Check your HVAC system while running to check for strange or unusual sounds; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; measure low and high side system pressures; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. If you need professional help on HVAC preventive maintenance tips, feel free to contact Ventura HVAC Maintenance for more information about our services today.