Maintenance is the key to having your home's HVAC system last as long as possible. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not know what maintenance actually involves. Here is what should be done to your air conditioner and furnace to keep them in great shape.
Air Filter Changing
The exact amount of time between air filter changes will vary based on several factors. This includes if you own pets, how many people live in your home, and how often you run your HVAC system. Be prepared to change the air filter as frequently as every month if people in your home have allergies or if you have pets that shed. If you do not use your air conditioner that often, changing the filter twice a year will be fine.
Reducing friction can help prolong the life of your air conditioner, and this is done by adding lubricant to the motor. Having the motor lubricated will prevent the motor from burring out, which would require motor repair or replacement.
Evaporator and Condenser Coil Cleaning
The evaporator and condenser coils on your air conditioner will need to be cleaned each year. Debris will collect on this part over time and lead to the air conditioner running inefficiently by working harder than it has to.
The blower is another part the air conditioner and furnace can get very dirty if it is neglected. It can be cleaned by using a brush to physically scrub any dirt on the blades of the blower fan. A vacuum can be used to remove loose dirt from the inside of the blower as well, which will prevent the dirt from cycling through your home.
Refrigerant Level Checking
Your air conditioner's refrigerant line may have a leak without you realizing it. Have the system's refrigerant line inspected for potential leaks, and make repairs to the line if necessary. Ignoring the problem could cause the refrigerant line to freeze, and the air conditioner will start blowing warm air until you resolve the issue. The air conditioning system should be filled with the proper amount of refrigerant as well, even if the lines are free of leaks.
The thermostat is the brain behind your air conditioner and furnace. Loose wiring and dead batteries can cause an HVAC system to not respond to the programming, creating issues with basic operation. Having a thermostat in direct sunlight can also cause problems with inaccurate temperature reporting, so you should ensure that the thermostat is in a shaded location.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air ducts should be cleaned every 3–5 years, but could be necessary sooner than that in some situations. For example, if you performed a home construction project that created a lot of dust, like installing drywall, you will need air duct cleaning.
Air Duct Repair
It is possible that the ductwork in your home has become damaged and is leaking air. All leaks should be sealed to ensure that the air is not escaping the system before it reaches the intended rooms. Leaks can cause your HVAC system to run longer than necessary, putting wear and tear on the system.
Condensation Line and Pan Cleaning
There is a pan under the furnace that will collect condensation, which then flows into a nearby drain, which can become clogged with debris. A clogged condensation pan can cause water to collect in it, which will grow mold. The condenser line can also have a similar clog that needs to be cleared for the same reasons.
Thankfully, you do not have to do any of this maintenance on your own. Air Time Heating & Cooling can offer you a service plan that will take care of it all for you.