As the weather changes, you don’t want to have to worry about whether your heating and cooling system is going to work properly or not. Routine maintenance helps to ensure your system is operating at peak condition and saves you a load of money on your regular energy bill every month. It is imperative that you have your system checked before the severe weather sets in to help ensure it doesn’t stop working at a time when you need it the most.
There are a number of different tasks that have to be performed for both outdoor and indoor HVAC systems. For an outdoor unit, it is imperative that you clean out any leaves, dirt and debris from the unit and the inside of the cabinet. You want to check the base pan and make sure that the drain openings aren’t restricted. Clear any obstructions away from the openings. Examine the fan blades, motor, tubing, compressor and the control box for any signs of damage or wear. If any parts need to be replaced, you need to bring in a professional HVAC technician to get the job done for you.
In terms of an indoor HVAC unit, you want to examine and clean all of the blower components and have the air filters replaced. Inspect and clean the evaporator coil, drain lines and drain pan. Check to make sure there are no gas leaks from a gas furnace or any leaks within the duct work. It is important that you have the burner assembly cleaned and inspected, as well as the ignition system, and make any adjustments that need to be done. Inspect the heat exchanger and flue system to ensure they are properly running.
It is also imperative that you are aware of the manner in which your system behaves and sounds when it is properly working. Listen to the unit whenever it starts up. Notate any new noises that you hear with the system. Whenever the system is operating, check for any weird odors or noises and make sure the vent system is properly operating. Even though these techniques might help to extend the life of your unit and increase its performance, you still need a professional technician to come in and take a look at the unit for you.