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Ventura 2017: HVAC Maintenance Facts and Tips
Learning the preventive maintenance tips for your HVAC is beneficial because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The schedule for preventive maintenance for a system that heats and cools is performed during spring and fall, at least once a year before the cooling season for your cooling system only, and same with your heating system before the heating season. 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.
You have to schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance one or two months before the beginning of the summer season to keep your system clean and running smoothly, as well as save twenty percent on your heating and cooling costs. 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. Your HVAC system must be free of debris to clear the surrounding area and trim plants and shrubs obstructing your air conditioning unit to ensure that there is proper air flow. 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. The safety controls and ignition system must be inspected, cleaned, and adjusted as needed.
Install programmable thermostats to change the temperature while you are away or if you are sleeping to cut on your energy expenses by 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.