As a homeowner, it is one of your biggest responsibilities to make sure your air conditioning and heating system is tuned up and operating in optimal and efficient working condition. If your HVAC system isn’t working efficiently, you will most likely be experiencing higher than usual energy bills and your carbon footprint will have a greater and greater impact on the environment. Not only that, but as we inch closer and closer to the cooling season – summertime – it is important that your system is ready to take on the blazing heat. Don’t you want your home to be comfortable this summer? If you live in a region where the summer heat breaks three digits, you may want to consider paying a little extra attention to your HVAC system. Here are some DIY AC and heating system tune-up tips for homeowners.
- Make sure that you don’t notice anything obvious. Doing a preliminary visual test will allow you to spot anything that you can take care of right away. For instance, if you notice dirt and grease on your condenser unit, you can take measures to clean it. If you notice leaves and branches in your outdoor blower unit, you can take measures to remove this detritus.
- Make sure to properly clean the inside of your unit. Regardless of dirt and debris, you want to get inside and remove any dust that may be building up on the inside of your HVAC system. Over the course of the season, a lot of dust can build up. Eventually, this dust will cause your system to work inefficiently – it may even decrease your HVAC’s lifespan. So, you want to get a powerful vacuum with a long nozzle and delicately clean out the inside of the unit.
- Make sure that you replace parts that are worn out. In some cases, your HVAC system will have parts that need to be replaced. Much like a car needs a new filter and fan belt, your HVAC system will need similar components. Indeed, your HVAC system has a motor, so you probably want to call your manufacturer to see what parts you need. You should always have your HVAC manufacturer’s number ready – the same goes for water heater services and a good plumber.
- Make sure that you follow directions. If you don’t follow directions, you could wind up removing something that you shouldn’t be removing or you will end up damaging an essential component of your HVAC system. So, be sure to very carefully read the user manual and never jump to conclusions – the moment you jump to conclusions, you will most likely miss something, so try your hardest not to cut corners.
- Make sure to wear protective gear. If you don’t wear protective gear while you are repairing and tuning up your HVAC system, you could wind up getting seriously injured. Not only do you want to wear gloves, but you also want to wear goggles. Also, watch out for exposed wires or any other dangers that could pose a risk. Safety is critical when you are tuning up your AC and heating system.