Not everyone is familiar with HVAC service and contracting. When a problem arises, though, you must know what to do. Fortunately, the following advice can be helpful in finding the right HVAC professionals.
Before you choose an HVAC contractor, have an idea in your mind of what needs to be done. Providing you with an accurate estimate over the telephone may be difficult to impossible is they can’t see the system you have. It will be more difficult for him to assist you over the phone without the information readily available. This is information that you should have prepared in advance.
By the end of spring, the fan blades and coils of your condenser should be thoroughly cleaned, so operation can proceed with greater efficiency. Always make sure you shut off the power before you do any work on the unit other than superficial cleaning. Remove leaves and debris from the outdoor unit.
Make sure your condenser fan is in good working order by wiping down the fan blades and the coils. For safety, always turn the power off first. Take the grill off and pull the blades out to clean them.
Make sure that you do not cover your outdoor components with grass clippings when you are trimming the grass. Aim the grass in a different direction from the unit. This is the same if you are using a leaf blower.
When the trees are losing their leaves, your HVAC unit can suffer. Make sure you clean out your fan grill often once nearby trees start shedding their leaves. The fan needs to be able to get proper air inside without any blockages, and extra blockage can later develop into more serious problems.
Put your outdoor unit in places with shade. It will reduce the temperature of the air going into the unit, meaning that it will not have to work as hard to cool it.
Have your HVAC serviced at least yearly. This should be done in the fall and again in the spring. Even if you don’t notice anything wrong, you can check it out to figure out what the potential issues are.
If everyone is out, turn the air conditioner off. When it’s off the house will get hot, but only by a certain amount. When the AC is left running, your power bill will go up quite a bit.
Avoid allowing your home to ever get exceedingly hot. An AC unit will reduce the internal temperature of your home approximately twenty degrees in a fair time. This limits their overall benefit. This is not a safe and comfortable temperature for you to sleep in.
Try finding online A/C sizing calculators to figure out the ideal size for a unit for the house or a room. Buying one that’s too large will not cool that well. Check your manual to figure out what the rating is from the manufacturer to be sure you’re getting the right information.
No one enjoys working with a malfunctioning HVAC unit. But, with a little of research the problem may not be as big as you expect. Keep these tips handy so that you can refer to them as needed.