Preventative Routine HVAC Maintenance
Maintaining your equipment will help to prevent problems and unnecessary repair costs. Keep your heating and cooling system at peak performance by having Hovland’s do annual pre-season check-ups. We typically get very busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. Plan check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall to help you remember.
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Self HVAC Maintenance Tips
With proper maintenance and care, your heating and air conditioning equipment will operate economically and dependably. Here are a few simple, routine maintenance steps you can do to help ensure the best performance and comfort from your system.
Safety First: before you perform any kind of maintenance, consider these important safety precautions.
Disconnect all electrical power to the unit before removing access panels to perform maintenance. Please note that there may be more than one power connection switch. Although most manufacturers take care to prevent sharp edges in the construction of our equipment, it’s best to be very careful when you handle parts or reach into units.
Change your air filter regularly. Check your filter every month, especially during the winter and summer months when your equipment is running the most. A standard air filter should be replaced at least every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. Dust and dirt that enters the equipment can also lead to expensive repairs and/or premature system failure. Installing a higher efficiency filter will not only clean the air more effectively, but will also improve airflow and help prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system.
Inspect your furnace’s combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not be operating properly or at its peak efficiency. Call Hovland’s and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.
Clean your humidifier at the beginning of every heating season. Review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure to clean the external and internal components of your unit. The evaporator pad should also be replaced before each heating season. If the water in your area is hard or has high mineral content, you may need to clean or service your humidifier more frequently.
Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. Keeping grass clippings, leaves and shrubbery away from your outdoor unit will help prevent dirt and debris from getting into the system. Check the base pan (underneath the unit) occasionally and remove debris, to help the unit drain correctly. If the outdoor coil becomes dirty, flush with a garden hose to clean the surface. Contact Hovland’s to clean dirt that is lodged deep in the coil.
Make sure your outdoor unit stays in a level position. If the support for your outdoor unit shifts or settles and the unit is no longer level, re-level it promptly to make sure moisture drains properly out of the unit. If you notice that water collects beneath the unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the equipment.
Keep area around furnace free from clutter. Your furnace or blower coil could be located in a closet, attic or basement. Removing clutter applies to your equipment no matter where it is located. Items stored near the furnace are fire hazards. They may also obstruct combustion air supply, resulting in incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas.