Your heating and cooling system might just be one of the most costly elements in the entire house. It makes sense to keep it running efficiently so that you get as many years of trouble-free performance that you can. The following HVAC repairs and maintenance tips should help to extend the life of the system and save you money in the long run.
One of the easiest ways that you can keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently is to simply inspect and then change the air filters. Start with the air filter inside the main unit itself. Carefully remove the air filter and inspect it at least every 30 days. If it is clean, check it again in 15 days. Check the air filters inside the home on the return vents too. If they can not be cleaned, replace them so the flow of air is not interrupted. Research has shown energy savings of up to 5% for keeping your AC filters clean.
Find the outside unit and make sure there is nothing within two feet of the unit that could be disrupting air flow. If there is grass growing into the unit, trim it back and make sure the outside fins are free of debris. If there are twigs or debris trapped inside the unit that could be interfering with the flow of the fan blades, turn off the power to the unit and clean it.
Listen closely to the main unit for odd noises. It might just be that some of the screws that hold the outer casing in place have come loose and the rattling is actually sounding worse than it is. Tighten all the screws and periodically listen to make sure the system runs quietly during the day when it is in operation.
Take the time to research local HVAC repair companies, then schedule an appointment to have your system inspected. The reason that you want to have a professional like Barrus Heating and Air at your home looking at the unit at least twice a year is because they can use their expertise to spot trouble while it is a minor repair and fix it quickly before it becomes a big emergency later in the year. They will lubricate moving parts, change belts, and address any connection issues they discover during the HVAC inspection.
Now you see how simple it really can be to preserve the integrity of your heating and cooling system. A little effort on the front end will certainly save you a lot of money on the back end.