Needing service on an HVAC system during cold or hot days is a serious frustration. The more you know on this subject, the easier it will be to find an expert to help you. Read on to do that.
Before you hire an HVAC contractor, have some sort of idea of the work that needs to be done. A contractor cannot give an accurate estimate without looking at your system. In addition, you need to be able to tell the contractor what you have already tried. Know the right information ahead of time.
Keeping the outside condenser clean of debris and leaves will improve the system’s efficiency. Always shut the power off before doing any work or cleaning on the unit. Remove leaves and debris from the outside condenser.
Your outdoor HVAC units might suffer when your trees lose leaves. Clean outdoor units often to remove leaves. When blockages restrict the flow of air to the fan, you could end up with serious issues on your hands.
If your fan condenser has oil ports, you must lubricate it once per year. They are usually fitted with a rubber or metal cap. Choose an oil graded SAE 20, it is non-detergent and lightweight. Place about 10 drops into each of the ports, taking care that it does not overfill.
Your system should be checked twice a year. This should be done in Fall and Spring to prepare it for the extreme months. This type if preventative maintenance is highly necessary to ward off any expensive troubles from coming your way.
If you own your own home or have permission from your landlord, replace your single pane windows with double paned versions. Double-pane windows keep inside air cooler, allowing you to reduce AC usage in the summertime. Likewise, heat is better retained during the winter.
One way to save some money with A/C is by having a programmable thermostat installed. It will help save on your heating and cooling costs by turning itself down at certain times. Some of these thermostats can even be controlled from your smart phone or computer.
Don’t let your home get way too hot to where it’s dangerous. Air conditioners can only really cool your home down 20 degrees or so within a reasonable time period. If your home happens to get near 100 degrees Fahrenheit, then you will only be able to reasonably cool to around 80. If humidity is high, this temp is still unsafe for people.
Air conditioners sometimes ice up. In addition, the drain line sometimes freezes, and people often think that there is a plumbing leak. If you see this happen, disable the compressor by turning your thermostat to the fan only setting. It is best to call a professional in to fix this particular issue, even though the switch to fan setting should cause the ice to start melting.
You may find it difficult to hire an HVAC expert without a little bit of prior knowledge. With proper knowledge, the process can be made simpler. Now you should feel competent with the whole process.