There’s nothing quite as scary as losing your HVAC system during the summer. But, it can be avoided if you maintain your system utilizing these tips below.
- Check the air filter. It may be time for a new filter; this all depends upon how often your cooling system gets used. Typically, your air filter will need to be replaced every one to three months.
- Inspect the wiring (safely). Shut down your system and open the access panel; if any wires look burned or blackened, call your local HVAC repairman to have them replaced.
- Consider a new thermostat. Wi-Fi models and “smart” models are available, making it easier to control the temperature of your home while you’re away through an app on your smart phone or tablet.
- Inspect the condenser unit fan. Your outside condenser unit can easily become damaged due to the environment it is exposed to throughout the year. Debris can get into the unit, causing problems such as the inability to operate efficiently. If your fan is damaged, have it replaced.
- Make sure your condenser unit is clean. As mentioned previously, it’s easy for debris (such as dirt, leaves, grass, etc.) to become trapped inside or on top of the condenser unit. Air flow will then become reduced, which will force your unit to work harder than usual, resulting in a high energy bill. Remove what you can by hand, then turn off the unit and spray with your garden hose.