It is frustrating to need work done to your HVAC system when it is super hot or super cold. Learning as much as possible about HVAC systems prior to contacting a professional will help you choose the topic means being able to make decisions down the road. Read on to find out more about the information that you need.
Know what work you need before you select an HVAC contractor. It will be difficult for an HVAC contractor to provide you a price estimate over the phone without knowing what your current setup is. It will be way more difficult for him to assist you can’t figure out what they need to do.
Clean your fan and coils come spring. Clean the outside of your condenser unit.
Don’t let grass clippings pile up against your outside unit. Aim the grass cuttings in a direction away from the unit. This applies to leaf blowing and any other yard work that results in the yard.
Your outdoor HVAC unit may suffer when your trees lose leaves. Make sure the unit’s fan grill often once nearby trees start shedding their leaves. The fan needs to have an unobstructed path for air to enter the unit, and if it gets blocked, you’ll have a lot of headaches eventually.
Lubricate your condenser at least once each year. These ports are usually covered with rubber or metal cap. Use SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight, and put 10 drops or fewer in each port, putting 10 drops in each port.
Put your outdoor condensers in the shade.
Have your heating and cooling system inspected twice per year. This should happen in the fall and malfunctions.
A programmable thermostat can help you save money on air conditioning costs. Some can even be controlled from your smart phone or computer.
During the service check, they will inspect the motor of the system, oil the different moving parts as well as check the system’s freon levels. These simple things will help keep your system to run at its peak performance.
Air conditioners tend to ice up. The drain line may also freeze over. If this happens, immediately put your thermostat on the fan setting to turn off your compressor. You should leave the repair to a professional, but switching to the fan will make the ice melt.
Hiring a contractor is a daunting task if you don’t know much about the field. However, armed with information, the process doesn’t have to be difficult. Now you should be prepared to deal with any issues. For plumbing, heating & air service, call us at (916) 452-4154 or contact us online.
Park Mechanical Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioner
3104 O St. Suite 15
Sacramento, CA 95816