It is best to keep your heating and cooling system maintained before winter. This is so any issues with heating can be resolved before temperature drops in the following months. Fall is particularly the best time to have your HVAC system maintained. Here are some of the most common maintenance procedures that you can do at home.
Ways to prepare your HVAC for winter
Check the compressor unit – when you are performing any maintenance procedures on your HVAC North Myrtle Beach, be sure that the system is completely turned off to avoid getting electrocuted. When checking the compressor, be sure that there is no debris around the unit. What you can do is clean the surrounding areas near the compressor unit. If you wish to have the performance of the compressor, you should call an HVAC contractor.
Change the air filter – the air filters in your HVAC system must be changed on a regular basis. As the system is used, the air is filtered and any dust or debris will be caught. Over time, the collected foreign materials will build up on the filter which needs to be removed.
Trim the foliage – the outside unit of your HVAC system must be kept clean at all times. As part of routine HVAC maintenance any grass or foliage must be trimmed to avoid any overgrowth from reaching the unit.
Cover your condenser unit – the outside unit or condenser is designed to perform well regardless of the weather. However, providing some sort of coverage will extend the lifespan of the unit and also lessen the chances of any damages from happening. It is best to hire an HVAC contractor to perform a thorough inspection of the condenser unit.
Program the thermostat – one of the causes of an inefficient HVAC system is an improperly programmed thermostat. Proper settings need to be programmed to ensure that temperatures are at optimal levels.
Clean the ductwork – this task is particularly reserved for professionals such as NMB HVAC Pros. Cleaning the ducts is important. Other than making sure the ducts are clean, inspections can reveal any potential issues like leaks.
Schedule preventive maintenance – as a homeowner, you can do a lot of things to make sure that your HVAC system runs properly. However, there are some limitations. Tasks like checking the performance of the compressor, checking the ductwork, and other technical work must be done by a professional HVAC technician.
Here are some of the tasks that a professional HVAC contractor can perform:
- Inspect and calibrate the thermostat
- Lubricate every moving part in the system
- Tighten all electrical connections
- Testing the system and checking for faults
- Clean or change the air filters as required
- Inspecting the combustion of the burner
- Checking the heat exchanger
- Inspecting the gas connection
- Cleaning components and more
Don’t let your HVAC system bog down in the middle of winter! Call NMB HVAC Pros to ensure keep your system running efficiently year-round. You may reach us at (843) 353-4089.
NMB HVAC Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582