Tips/Troubleshooting Your HVAC System
The biggest issue or problem most homeowners experience with their HVAC system can be prevented by performing routine maintenance. A simple dirty filter, debris in the ductwork, or a dirty outdoor air conditioner can cause a world of problems, including increased electrical bills and unnecessary strain on your system as a whole.
Every spring, before the summer heat arrives, make sure to check the outdoor unit for airflow. If you notice grass and dirt in the condensing coils (the silver screening around the unit), take a hose on medium water pressure and gently spray the unit off. You want to be careful not to bend the metal fins on the condensing unit as that can damage the unit. You also want to make sure to check your indoor filter at this time as well. Filters should be changed every 60–90 days depending on what type of filter you have. It is always good to pull the filter out and check to be sure you don’t see any dirt or other issues restricting the air flow.
Every fall, before the cold winter months arrive, make sure that the furnace and blower motor (located in the bottom of the furnace) are free of dirt and debris. Pet hair is especially known for clinging to the back of the blower motor causing it to overheat and shut off which eventually leads to a premature breakdown. Make sure that the furnace door cover is securely attached as well. This is another good time to check the filter and make sure it is in good condition.