Ventura HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips and Tricks
There is an old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure” or “prevention is better than cure”, and so is true with your HVAC system, you need to ensure that you apply preventive maintenance tips in order to keep your AC and furnace in good running condition. Preventive maintenance for your HVAC should be done at least once a year for your cooling system before the cooling season, and for your heating system before the heating season, and for both system in the spring and fall. It is important to inspect, clean, or change your air filters once a month because a dirty filter can increase energy expenditure and may damage your equipment that may lead to early failure.
It is important to have an annual system check one to two months before the summer season starts. For your outdoor units, inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Clear your HVAC system by trimming plants and shrubs surrounding your air conditioning outdoor unit to make sure that air circulates properly. Your indoor units must be checked, cleaned, and lubricated as necessary including the blower assembly (blower wheel, blower housing, and motor), and for older models, you have to replace the fan belt and lubricate as needed. Check your HVAC indoor units for gas leaks and make adjustments to the burner assembly as necessary. It is essential to inspect your HVAC system’s safety controls and ignition system, the heat exchanger, heating elements, and flue system for proper attachment.
Installation of a programmable thermostat is necessary while you are sleeping or away and reduce energy bill by at least ten percent. It is important to listen for strange sounds when your HVAC unit is operating, monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; measure low and high side system pressures; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. If you are looking for preventive maintenance services, Ventura HVAC Maintenance can help you, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details so we can help you extend the lifespan of your unit.