Don't Go On Without Reading This Article About HVAC

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<ol><li> 1. Don't Go On Without Reading This Article About HVAC It's always the hottest or coldest day when your HVAC fails. Eventually, you will find yourself in need of a repair or a replacement. It is important that you know a bit about the situation in advance. You should continue reading if that is your goal. Before making that repair phone call, make sure you know the specifics about your particular system. Know the brand name and model number. It is also helpful to have the maintenance history. This will give contractor's a better idea of what to expect before they show up, which will help things go more smoothly on arrival. Cleaning the blades and coils will help the system run better. Be safe and turn off the power supply before working on your HVAC unit. Additionally, remove leaves and any other debris from the outside condenser unit. Every spring you should clean the coils and fan blades on your condenser fan. Before you begin cleaning the unit, make sure that it is unplugged. Then, remove the grill, then remove the blades and begin the cleaning process of the blades and the unit. Leaves falling from trees can wreak havoc with your HVAC unit. When you see nearby trees shedding their leaves, clean the fan grill on your unit constantly. The fan needs to be able to get proper air inside without any blockages, and extra blockage can later develop into more serious problems. Have your HVAC serviced at least yearly. Your system should be inspected in Spring and Fall. Even if everything seems okay, it doesn't hurt to check things out. If you can, use double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones. During the summer, the use of double-pane windows will help keep the cool air locked inside of the home. When it is cold in the winter months, these same windows will keep the warm air inside as well. To help lower cooling costs when not at home, make sure the air conditioner is turned off. The house will heat up, but not too much. When the AC is left running, your power bill will go up quite a bit. Don't allow your home to overheat. AC units will only cool a house down 20 degrees. If your house's interior temperature hits 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you would only be able to cool it down just above 80 degrees. This isn't a very safe condition for a homeowner to sleep in, especially when the humidity levels are considered. To help you pick a good HVAC contractor, carefully search for information that offers honest reviews about the companies that you might be looking to hire. It is a good idea to check with the BBB and look for reviews from prior clients. These steps can help ensure you make the smartest and most informed choice. Sometimes, air conditioning units ice up. Sometimes the drain line will freeze, causing leaks. Try switching to fan-mode and disabling your compressor to test whether the water is a leak or melting ice. You should still call a professional to help regardless. How long has the contractor been in business? Companies that are around awhile have a better </li><li> 2. record than those that haven't been. It's a risk to hire a new one. Ask for helpful information when you are looking for a HVAC contractor. People who have had a good experience are often happy to share the name of their contractor. This will prevent you from getting scammed. Do you need a new HVAC unit? If so, you must consider a number of things. Each system has a rating and that rating tells the area that can be effectively temperature controlled. If your home falls in size between two units, select the one that is larger. If you are a having trouble with your existing system, check for leaks in the ducts. Often, utility companies will test them free of charge. If you do have leaks that are repaired, this testing will pay for itself. When you hear an odd clicking noise coming from your HVAC unit, you should immediately begin to look for any obstructions. Most of the time such a noise is created by an object striking the blades of the fan in the system. Just clear the debris to remove the problem. Check the fan and coil before you waste time contacting a professional. Replace the air filter monthly to keep your HVAC system working well. This is a very simple job and it keeps the system running at maximum efficiency. Filters are relatively cheap, so it does not cost much to do this. The idea of having to hire an HVAC professional may seem daunting if you don't have the right knowledge. However, armed with information, the process doesn't have to be difficult. Now you can easily deal with any issues which come your way. </li></ol>