Maintenance Tips that help prevent costly repairs
Have you ever heard of the maxim prevention is better than cure? Well, if you have goo. Because it can also be applied in taking care of your HVAC system, you should never get to the point of completely changing the HVAC system because of something you could have prevented by maintenance. And this is because maintenance costs far less than changing the whole unit.
Here are a few maintenance tips that help prevent costly repairs later on:
Replace all the filters
When you change your HVAC filters, you make them run more efficiently at purifying the air in your home, office, or store. It runs efficiently because it can clean the air better, more so with the filters unclogged and clean, the machine operates optimally, not using too much power. So changing the filters saves you costs on energy and prevents blockages or the device’s failure in the long run.
Get the unit professionally cleaned
Every so often, have all the parts in the HVAC unit cleaned, especially the unit outside. It may have accumulated so much dust and debris that it may clog some parts of the device. This cleaning exercise will reveal some of the issues that may have been lingering inside the unit, such as rust or naked wire exposure.
When they are fixed at this point, you will not have to repair them later on. Ensure that the expert cleans all the evaporator coils and condensers to make the device more efficient.
Replace any worn out parts within the unit
This should also be done with an expert who knows what they are doing. Some running parts of the HVAC, such as the pulleys and belts, may wear and tear over time and must be changed during maintenance checks.
After replacing the new parts, ensure that you also lubricate all of them to prolong their life.
Inspect the ducts
If your HVAC system includes ducts, inspect these ducts for any mold, dust, debris. If you find any, remove them and leave them spick and span. If you leave them there, they will end up finding their way to your space, where you will inhale. And if you have any allergies to mold, you may suffer adverse allergic reactions to something you might have solved in the first place.
Also, this same dirt may make your filters dirtier faster, prompting a faster change than usual.
Maintenance does not just stop at the operating units; you should also check the thermostat settings, the controls, the fan motor, the blowers, blades and check for leaks. It would help if you also changed the batteries of the controls, inspect the wiring, and so many more minor maintenance tasks. Also, remember to keep the unit away from water, invasive plants, and animals.
If you do all the above, you are guaranteed that repairing something will be a reasonable cost even if you have to fix something. You will rarely have to change the whole unit, and you will enjoy clean air in your space for another long time.
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