One of the worst things that can happen during seasonal changes is to have a non-working or malfunctioning heater or air conditioner. This is especially true during the summer, when the temperature can get really high, or during the winter, when it can get really cold.
As part of keeping your home comfortable, healthy, and safe, you should commit to a seasonal maintenance of your HVAC system. Here’s a basic checklist of what you should do.
Condenser unit inspection
Fallen leaves, twigs, branches, and other plant debris can find their way around and into your heating and air conditioning system’s condenser unit. When this happens, the affected equipment will have a hard time conditioning the air. Worse, it may altogether stop working. Also, severe winter storms in Provo, or direct sunlight can cause damage to the condenser’s coils.
Your responsibility as a user includes removing debris, straightening bent areas of the coils, and ensuring the entire condenser remains clean.
Checking wires and cables
Although pests, specifically rodents such as mice, take shelter in some areas of an HVAC system regardless of the season, it’s more common for them to do so during the winter season. These creatures can wreak havoc to wires, cables, and connections, causing malfunctions in your home heating and cooling equipment.
When you can, check these areas for signs of nesting, including electrical shorts, loose cables, and burnt wires.
Maintaining correct refrigerant levels
Low refrigerant levels in air conditioners don’t always indicate problems, especially after the summer season. However, there are some cases wherein leaks cause refrigerants to drain faster.
Before you add more refrigerant, make sure you call in an expert. The HVAC technician will check for leaks and carry out repairs as needed before refilling the equipment with more of these chemicals.
Make certain your home stays as comfortable and cozy as possible, without worrying about huge spikes in your energy expenses.