It is easy to ignore an HVAC system until it breaks down. However, when your unit does not work properly, you cannot get your HVAC problems off of your mind. Finding the right contractor to install a new system or fix your existing one can be difficult. Here are some suggestions to help you along the way.
Before you start calling to find someone to fix your unit, make sure you know the type of system that is installed. Know what the manufacturer’s name is, which particular model you have and what’s gone on with the unit in the past. Your contractor will appreciate this information.
Know what you need before you hire a contractor. It will be difficult for an HVAC contractor to provide you with an estimate on the phone without knowing what your current setup is. If you can’t explain changes you’ve made, the process will be even more difficult. This is information that you should have prepared in advance.
If you have condenser units outside your home, be sure to clean out the debris from them often. You don’t know the amount of stuff that can pile up right after heavy winds or a storm. The whole thing can overheat, causing major problems and possibly an enormous expense for you.
Make sure clippings don’t get on your outdoor units when your mowing your lawn. Have the grass shoot in the opposite direction. This also applies when you blow leaves, so be very careful near your exterior HVAC units when you move debris.
If the fan condenser on your unit has ports for oil, make sure you lubricate it once a year. These ports have a metal covering. Sometimes it is rubber. Choose an oil graded SAE 20, it is non-detergent and lightweight. Place about 10 drops into each of the ports, taking care that it does not overfill.
If you need to decide the best place to put your outdoor compressor unit, consider putting it in a location that is in the shade. If it sucks in cool air, it will need to work less to coll the air inside, which can make it last longer.
Turn off any outdoor condensers you have when the weather gets cold. To prevent damage, turn off your unit if the outside temperature is less than 60 degrees. You will save in repair bills and increase the efficiency of your system.
If you are a home owner, replace whatever single pane windows you have with more efficient double-paned versions. Windows that are double pane keep the cool air in and can greatly reduce the amount of time your air conditioner will need to run. Your home will also stay warmer in the winter.
One way to save some money with A/C is by having a programmable thermostat installed. A thermostat that’s programmable is going to save you around ten percent on the heating and cooling costs you have to pay when you turn it back about fifteen percent for a part of the day. Take advantage of the convenience of the ability to control many programable thermostats from your favorite electronic device.
Now you know a lot about HVAC care. Next time you have trouble with your unit, you will now be much better prepared. Remember this advice while you search for the right system.…