Follow these tips on dealing with your HVAC system.
Know the name and type of your HVAC system you currently have before looking for a repair person. This information will be helpful to any contractor you hire has all the necessary information.
If your HVAC is running into problems, look around your home before calling in people to help. This will help the contractor determine where the problem is and how to fix it.
Know what work you want done before you hire a contractor. It will be difficult for a contractor to provide you a price estimate over the phone if they have not seen your current system. It will be more hard if you over the phone without the information readily available.
Clean your fan and coils come spring. Clean the outside of your condenser unit.
Don’t let grass clippings on your outside unit. Aim the grass clippings in a different direction from the unit. This applies when you are taking care of the leaves in debris.
Leaves and debris can wreak havoc with your system. Make sure the unit’s fan grill is cleaned often during the leaves begin to fall. The fan must stay clear in order to function, and if debris is blocking this air flow, it could cause your system to break down.
Lubricate your fan condenser once a year. These are often covered by a rubber or metal caps. Use a lightweight, detergent-free SAE 20 oil, but make sure to avoid overfilling them.
Air conditioners sometimes ice up at times. The drain line may also freeze over. If this is something you notice, put the fan on to shut the compressor off. You should leave the repair to a professional, but switching to the fan will make the ice melt.
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