10 Easy HVACR Maintenance Checklist
Since the Great Recession hit the country, several studies have found that more homeowners are trying to adopt ways where they can save money and lessen the amount of their electric bills. More Americans are also open to the option of replacing or repairing their HVAC equipment rather than finding new homes to live in. However, maintaining and repairing old HVAC equipment is not an easy task and might be a little pricey for some. Most of the time, we need professional care and advice when it comes to matters like this. Hiring the best HVAC companies to maintain or inspect our equipment is an important thing to consider, but we must also take some measures to prolong the efficiency of the equipment.
To do this, here are some tips for average homeowners who want to fully utilize the benefits they can get from their HVAC equipment and at the same time keep them clean and efficient for a longer time.
1. It is advisable to buy a better filter if you still do not have one. The latest high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that functions like a magnet to catch the smallest particles – even those that might carry bacteria.
2. Check filters every month and replace them every 90 days especially if they look clogged and dirty. Replacing them monthly is advisable if you have pets at your home.
3. During spring, summer, and fall, get rid of dust or junks such as twigs, pollen, and leaves weekly from the top and sides of heat pumps and outdoor air-conditioning units. As much as possible, do not let the lawn mower discharge grass clipping onto the unit.
4. Make sure that heat pumps and outdoor air-conditioning units are on solid and level ground or pads. Checking must be done annually.
5. Ensure that there is two feet of clearance, at the most, around heat pumps and outdoor air conditioning units.
6. Replace if the insulation on refrigerant lines leading into the house is damaged or missing. The inspection should be done every month.
7. Do not close over 20 percent of a home’s registers to prevent placing needless strain on the HVAC system.
8. Pour a cup of bleach combined with water down the air conditioner condensate drain to avoid buildup of algae and mold that can cause clogs.
9. Shut off the water supply to the furnace humidifier during summer. Change the humidifier wick filter, turn the humidistat to between 35 percent and 40 percent relative humidity, and turn on the water supply in fall or when you prepare for turning on the heat.
10. You should change the battery in your home’s carbon monoxide detector every year.
These are just some of the easiest but important ways to make sure that you can clean and make sure that your HVACR equipment is still in its top condition. You can also hire professionals or experts if you feel you need more vigorous repair or cleaning. Baker can help you with this. Check out our website or chat with our Customer Service Representatives who are available online, 24/7, when you need expert advice for your HVACR concerns.