It is frustrating to need work done to your HVAC system when the weather is at it’s peak. Learning as much as possible about HVAC before you need help is the best way to locate the right company to repair old equipment or install new. Read this article to learn more.
Before making that repair phone call, make sure you know the specifics about your particular system. Know the brand name and model number. It is also helpful to have the maintenance history. This will enable you to give your chosen contractor any information they might need.
To make sure your condenser fan works properly, keep the fan blades and the coils clean. Always turn the unit off before you do anything to it, including leaning. Remove leaves and debris from the outdoor unit.
Each spring, clean the fan blades and coils on your condenser. Don’t forget to disconnect the power first. After you have turned the power off, you simply remove the grill and the blades to perform a gentle cleansing.
When you cut the grass, don’t cover the outdoor units with their clippings. Now so the grass clippings are shot away from your unit. Do the same when blowing snow or leaves.
If you are choosing where to place your outdoor compressor device, try to put it in a place where there is plenty of shade. When the unit sucks in cooler air, then less work is required to cool it further which in turn boosts the units efficiency.
If possible, put your HVAC in a shaded area if it is outside. When your unit sucks in cooler air, then much less is required to cool it further, which saves you money on energy bills.
Having a programmable thermostat installed is a money saving idea. It may save you as much as 10 percent of your overall utility bill if you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for a portion of the day. Also, you can find a thermostat that is controllable from a computer or smart phone.
Turn your AC off if no one is at home. By raising the temperature from, for example 78 to 80, your house will be warmer, but only up to 80 before your AC kicks in. If you decide to set the temperature to 82 or 83 or so on, your AC won’t go on until it reaches that temperature. Leaving it on all the time only makes it work harder and results in a larger utility bill.
Occasionally, air conditioners ice up. The drain line may also freeze up. If you see this, try switching your thermostat to just the fan so that it disables the compressor. The ice will melt. You will likely need professional help to stop the problem.
Hiring a contractor is a daunting task if you don’t know much about the field. However, if you have good information, this won’t be so hard on you. Hopefully you are now prepared to tackle any issue that may come up with your HVAC system.