Keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently requires a combination of do-it-yourself and professional maintenance.
What you can do yourself:
Change your air filter. It’s important to check the air filter regularly (monthly is usually recommended) and change it when it looks clogged or dirty. When the air is circulating without restriction, your blower motor won’t have to struggle to reach your desired temperature. This saves energy, prevents breakdowns and extends the service life of your heating system.
Ensure registers are clear. When supply and return registers are blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes and other objects, your heating system will have to work harder and longer to circulate conditioned air.
Make sure there’s a clear airflow path. If you use a heat pump to heat your home, make sure nothing is impeding the airflow to the outside compressor unit. Leaves, sticks, ice and snow can collect around the outdoor unit, blocking airflow to the refrigerant coil.
Leave these to HVAC professionals:
For a combustion furnace, the technician should check ignition and burner operation, as well as to clean and adjust components.
For combustion furnaces and boilers, exhaust pipes and flues should be checked to make sure they don’t present a carbon monoxide risk. Your gas line also should be checked.
Your blower motor should be cleaned and lubricated.
Electrical wiring should be checked for tight connections, and the terminals cleaned if necessary.
Your thermostat should be checked for proper operation. Your technician should review proper programming steps with you if that’s necessary.
For heat pump systems the inside and outside coils should be cleaned and refrigerant levels should be checked. Additionally, both heating and cooling functions should be tested.
For both heat pumps and high-efficiency furnaces, the condensate pan and drain should be inspected for blockages and cleaned.
For more information about HVAC maintenance, please contact Husky Heating and Air Conditioning – winner of best HVAC company in Vaughan 3rd year in a row.
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