There’s no worse feeling than knowing something isn’t right with one of the systems that helps keep your home or workplace cool and comfortable, but having no clue how to fix it or even fully describe the problem to a professional.
At Rich’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we use the best equipment and complete HVAC units, but even with routine maintenance and check-ups, our top-of-the-line systems can encounter issues or need repairs. Luckily, there are some things you can keep an eye on from your own home or office in between those service appointments with us to identify potential problems and address them before they grow even more concerning, or compromise the HVAC system as a whole.
Just because our experts can come to your home or office and give your HVAC system a thorough check-up at any time, doesn’t mean that you can’t be actively involved in maintaining your unit and preventing damage before it even begins. As seasons change, there are a few basic methods of gauging the health of your HVAC unit and determining if one of the experts on our crew needs to come and have a look as well.
At the onset of spring and summer, and even before fall or winter really settle in, taking a look at even just a few of these items can go a long way in making sure that suddenly turning your air conditioning or heat back on won’t be a shock to your HVAC system. These are just some of the tasks that are covered in your regular maintenance appointments:
- Clean or replace filters as needed.
- Clean condenser and evaporator coils.
- Clean drain lines for proper flow and clear drain pans of any standing water to avoid overflowing.
- Replace worn pulleys and belts as needed.
- Inspect ducts for mold and debris.
- Make note of the humidity levels.
- Check refrigerant charge and test for any leaks.
- Test thermostats and controls to make sure temperatures and timers are set correctly.
- Change all batteries!
- Check electrical system and connections
- Check fan motor, blowers and blades for proper airflow, then lubricate motors for optimal performance.
- Inspect ignition burner, heat exchanger, and any other heating elements.
- Study flue system and ensure it’s securely attached to the furnace.
- Inspect for gas leaks with gas furnaces, and assess gas pressure for potential heating problems.
- Examine duct work and vents
In between your scheduled maintenance visits, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Rich’s Heating and Air Conditioning to keep your HVAC unit running in tip-top shape!