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Ventura 2017: HVAC Maintenance Facts and Tips

There is an old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure” or “prevention is better than cure”, and so is true with your HVAC system, you need to ensure that you apply preventive maintenance tips in order to keep your AC and furnace in good running condition. The schedule for preventive maintenance for a system that heats and cools is performed during spring and fall, at least once a year before the cooling season for your cooling system only, and same with your heating system before the heating season. It is essential to do inspection, cleaning, or changing of your air conditioning, furnace, and heat pump filters at least once a month to save on energy expenses, and to prevent damage to your equipment.

Annual inspection is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance that must be performed one to two months before the start of the summer season. For taking care of your HVAC, you outdoor unit must be inspected and cleaned and perform the following tips: inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Your HVAC system must be free of debris to clear the surrounding area and trim plants and shrubs obstructing your air conditioning unit to ensure that there is proper air flow. When it comes to taking care of your indoor units, it is important to inspect and clean your HVAC’s blower assembly, including the blower housing, blower wheel, and motor, and lubricate and replace fan belts of older models as needed. Inspect your unit for gas leaks, and clean and adjust the burner assembly as needed. It is essential to inspect your HVAC system’s safety controls and ignition system, the heat exchanger, heating elements, and flue system for proper attachment.

Installation of a programmable thermostat is necessary while you are sleeping or away and reduce energy bill by at least ten percent. Check your HVAC system while running to check for strange or unusual sounds; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; measure low and high side system pressures; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. Preventive maintenance is important to your HVAC system to prevent future issues and to lengthen the lifespan of your unit, and Ventura HVAC Maintenance Services can help you out by visiting our website or homepage now!

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