Your cooling units play a very important role in the comfort of your home. The quick changes in weather and the anticipated shifts in seasons can have serious effects on your health and comfort. This equipment provides you a way of adjusting to seasonal changes comfortably.
It’s not likely that you will need to make use of both heating and cooling at the same time, so in a sense, they are both working in tandem, one after the other. Obviously, your heater is most useful during the colder months, while the AC deals with the heat of summer that we are fast approaching now.
It’s only right that you take appropriate measures to make sure they are kept in proper working order. Here are some tips on how you can help maintain your HVAC units and when you’ll need to step aside to let the pros take over the job.
Debris Removal – The most basic thing you can do is keep your cooling units clean and clear of debris. During the warmer months, your AC units and heat pumps stashed outside end up collecting dried leaves and branches. These can cause obstructions in the unit later on, which will inevitably affect its ability to function properly.
Filter Replacement – We know we sound redundant when we keep saying, “Change your filter regularly…” but the filter is responsible for keeping smaller particles from infiltrating the unit and causing obstructions. Because these particles get stuck in the filter, the air coming out of the unit will also be hindered.
This is why taking out the filters to brush or wash them clean is also important for proper HVAC maintenance. Not to mention, a dirty filter can also cause poor indoor air quality in the long run. The ideal time to replace the filters would be every 30 t0 45 days.
Remove Clogs – Sometimes, algae and mold will clog the drains of your HVAC unit. A simple remedy for this is for you to pour a bleach and water solution through to get them out.
When to Call the Cooling Units Experts
The above mentioned basic maintenance tips are good for keeping your cooling units running as efficiently as possible. However, there are certain cases when it’s best to call for a professional from Ocean Isle instead who can handle heating and cooling problems.
Rattling, Clanking Sounds Inside the Unit
Apart from the usual hum you get when you turn it on, your cooling unit should not produce any other noise. If you hear anything out of the ordinary, such as metal clanking and rattling inside, it could mean a part has come loose and is jumping around inside.
A loose screw or any other part can damage others as well, that’s why it’s important to seek the help of a professional to check it out immediately. It’s not advisable for you to open it yourself because unless you can accurately identify the internal parts of your heating and cooling unit, you may not know how to put it back together.
Energy Use Increase
You’ll know your cooling unit is not functioning as efficiently as it should when there’s a sudden spike in your energy consumption. Unless there’s a sudden increase in the activity or number of occupants at home, there really shouldn’t be any reason for your energy bill to increase suddenly. Most likely, there must be something wrong with a component in your HVAC system, which causes it to strain itself to work doubly hard.
Inability to Cool Down
These are the things your HVAC cooling units are supposed to do so if it’s not happening, it’s safe to surmise there is something wrong with it. Troubleshooting is something best left in the hands of a professional. Any misdiagnosis can only lead to further problems, and you may end up ruining the unit altogether, or get hurt.
Pre-season maintenance is vital to air conditioning that works effectively and efficiently throughout the season. Best of all, pre-season checks help ensure your HVAC will be functional when you need it. Call a reliable HVAC expert now to conduct pre-season maintenance and save yourself from unforeseen system breakdown and health concerns.
Pre-season maintenance is composed of checking and examining the condensate drain in the central air conditioner or heat pump. A plugged drain may produce water damage in your property and impact indoor humidity.
Air conditioning coils and evaporators would also be inspected and cleaned. Grimy coils may reduce the unit’s cooling ability and make the air conditioner work harder, which will increase electricity consumption and reduce the unit’s lifespan. Furthermore, an HVAC professional checks the refrigerant and makes necessary adjustments. Too little or too much refrigerant have adverse impacts on heat transfer which can influence energy costs too. In addition, blower components are cleaned and adjusted for proper airflow and enhanced indoor air quality.
During your pre-season maintenance, our technicians can tell you what you might expect in so far as the life of your cooling unit is concerned. While relatively new HVAC units can usually be repaired instead of replaced, it’s best to heed the advice of a trusted HVAC technician. Call A+ Heating, Cooling – Electrical today at 910-754-2200, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your cooling system, or to schedule your pre-season maintenance inspection.