Your Ultimate Guide to HVAC Preventative Maintenance

When’s the last time you thought about servicing your HVAC?

A surprise breakdown of your HVAC system isn’t a fun situation. This creates an uncomfortable situation for everyone in your house and can become costly to repair.

You can take preventative maintenance measures to help make sure that your HVAC is running smoothly year-round.

Here’s your ultimate guide to HVAC preventative maintenance.

Check the Filter

One easy task for you to take on is to check your HVAC filter regularly. A once a month check is standard.

If you think you’ll forget to check the filter, some units have a good solution. Look at your unit to see if there’s a light that indicates that your filter needs checking.

Replace any filters that are dirty and not functioning as they should.

Cleaning Is a Part of HVAC Preventative Maintenance

You’ll need to take a regular look at your outdoor HVAC unit. If there’s a lot of dirt all over the unit, it’s easiest to take your hose and wash off the dirt.

Another important maintenance cleaning task is to remove any debris that collects around your outdoor HVAC unit.

This includes making sure that your foliage doesn’t get too close to the unit. A good rule of thumb is to keep all foliage around two feet away from your HVAC.

Leave Some Things to the Professionals

Some maintenance tasks are worth outsourcing to your local HVAC specialists. Spending small amounts of money for maintenance will help you avoid paying lots of money down the road to repair the unit.

Professionals can help you:

  • Check the airflow
  • Clean pans
  • Clean drain lines
  • Lubricate the motors
  • Check the belts
  • Clean the inside of the HVAC unit
  • Check the amps on the heat strip
  • Lubricate any other internal moving parts
  • Look at the electrical connections
  • Check the pulleys
  • Ensure proper air intake functions
  • Inspect the fan
  • Check the connections of the fuel line
  • Look for any refrigerant leaks
  • Adjust the blower motor when necessary
  • Test the operation of the thermostats

It’s important for you to get a professionals opinion on these aspects of your HVAC unit. No amount of searching on online forums can get you the years of experience these professionals have.

Relying on HVAC specialists should also minimize the amount of harm that you can cause to your own unit by performing any of these tasks incorrectly. So that’s less money you have to spend having a professional fix your mistakes. 

Create a Safe Environment

Taking these preventative steps will help you and your family safe in your home.

Improper HVAC care can lead to carbon monoxide leaks which can be devastating for those in the home.

You can help avoid a carbon monoxide leak by making sure your HVAC specialist checks the heat exchanger to make sure it’s running as it should.

Make It into a Routine

Hopefully, you can find ways to incorporate these HVAC preventative maintenance techniques into your routine. This will help you avoid unexpected breakdowns when you need heating and cooling the most.

R&R Heating and Air specialize in providing quality HVAC maintenance for those in the Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas.

Continue reading through our blog for more HVAC tips and information.

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