Tips to Avoid HVAC Malfunction
For your air conditioner to run smoothly, you will need to make sure that proper maintenance is done on it. There are simple things that you can do to make sure that the air conditioning unit runs without any problems. You do not want to experience any problems with the HVAC unit especially during the hot, humid months of summer.
You will need to treat your unit kindly if you want it to stay in a tip-top shape. Well, this does not mean that you have to stroke the system with your hand, sing lullabies to it or whisper sweet things to it. Treating the HVAC unit kindly simply means that you do not have to make your unit work harder in order to cool your home. You can do this by making sure that the windows in your house are kept closed every time your air conditioning system is on. If you notice even a little crack that can let air escape in your house, you will need to cover it to avoid the unit working extra hard to cool your home. Also keep your shades drawn in order to keep sunlight out.
Another thing you will need to do to prevent the HVAC unit from malfunctioning is cleaning your air ducts. When you do not clean the ducts, they will become clogged and this will restrict the airflow through the vents. As a result, the system will be forced to overwork in order to cool your home and it may end up burning up its motor. The frequency at which you need to clean your unit’s ducts will depend on the individual household. If you have a lot of pets in your home or you smoke, you may need to have the ducts cleaned at least two times a year. However, cleaning the HVAC unit’s ducts once a year is generally enough to maintain clear ducts and keep the system running smoothly.
You also need to make sure that your filter is changed if you want to increase the lifespan of the air conditioner and reduce the need to have the ducts cleaned from time to time. The filter traps dirt, dust and dander particles and as a result debris will accumulate and back up into the unit and cause its fan to be littered with dirt. When fans become so dirty, they will become weighed down and as a result they will not run as they are supposed to run. This may result into a severe malfunction of the HVAC unit.
Last but not least, make sure that the unit’s air vents are open as well as free from any obstructions. This will ensure that the system has proper airflow. You will need to make sure that the return air grills where room air is brought back to the air conditioning system haveproper airflow.