As the days start to get cooler, you’re probably preparing to turn your heating system on for the season. However, before you turn your heat on, you want to ensure your system is fully prepared to begin running again.
Even as temperatures begin to decline, you're likely still giving your HVAC system a workout. And no matter the temperature outside, there are few things worse than your home or business air conditioning breaking down completely.
Do you feel like your air conditioner is consistently under performing? Are you constantly needing to adjust your programmable thermostat to stay cool? Are you hearing worrisome noises coming from your system? Before you head out to replace your current unit, there are a few things you should consider.
Many homeowners wonder why it takes so long to perform a refrigerant leak detection test on their HVAC system. Those who have experienced leaks during the summer known the struggle of getting an HVAC technician to inspect their system. The high demand for repairs during summer is reason enough to get units inspected before the rush. While repairing refrigerant leaks is fairly straightforward, finding them is what gives technicians a run for their money.
Modern air conditioning units are quieter than ever. Technological advancements have made it possible to reduce their operating noise so homeowners can enjoy a comfortable home without the nuisance. Sometimes, however, abnormal noises do come up. Since there are many complex parts working together, it is often difficult to diagnose the issue. There could be a variety of possible causes but some are more common than others.
Summer is rapidly approaching which means that homeowners are beginning to take their HVAC maintenance seriously. Service maintenance agreements are essentially customer discount programs. From all the savings included with priority service and discounted rates, the low maintenance agreement cost is quickly offset. Bi-annual pre-season maintenance differs in scope, however by attempting to identify the issues when they are first developing instead of waiting until it is too late.
Rodents like to take up residence in ductwork by chewing their way in or searching out an unsealed access. They settle in and use this distribution system as their own personal highway to access different areas of a home. If a homeowner ignores the issue, it could lead to serious structural damage. The result is a loss of conditioned air through the attic meaning the HVAC system will not work at maximum efficiency.
Unless a homeowner's HVAC system breaks down, most ignore it. Don't shorten the life of your HVAC system by neglecting to perform regular maintenance on it. Homeowners can do their part by regularly checking air filters. Additionally, homeowners should establish a regular maintenance schedule with their service contractor to protect their investment.
A home is a huge investment. To protect your investment, it's imperative to keep up with frequent home maintenance. You can complete most of these tasks yourself, but might need to contact a specialist for a thorough home equipment inspection. Follow this useful annual maintenance checklist to keep your home in excellent shape.
An HVAC system can last a long time if properly maintained. If left unattended, however, it can fail you when you need it most. With El Niño bringing in long stretches of rain, maintenance is of the utmost importance. If you want to avoid replacing your system sooner than necessary, read on to find out what steps you can take to maximize the life of your HVAC system.