Through the summer months, the key to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly is maintenance. Of course, our experts at JM Heating and Cooling have you covered when it comes to system inspections, repairs, replacements, and tune-ups, but there are a few ways you can take initiative as a homeowner to keep your system’s hardware clean and functional.
If your home has a gas furnace, give it space! Don’t store much near or around your furnace, since technicians will need easy access to your unit in case of repairs. It’s also a simple way to prevent fires in your home (clothing, fabrics, cleaning solutions and leftover paint from your last home improvement project are easily combustible) and increase airflow. That last point is vital to getting the most out of your HVAC system: energy efficiency often comes down to maintaining good airflow throughout your home.
Another way to assure that enough air is getting to your units—be it your furnace or condenser unit outside—is to avoid installing enclosures against them. Ask one of our experts about the proper amount of clearance space to give your units when planning storage in your home.
Next, make sure your air filter is clean and keep an eye on when it needs replacing. JM Heating & Cooling is happy to inspect your system and asses what needs to be done to improve your system’s airflow and functionality overall, and replacing air filters is one of our many services to keep your home comfortable all year round. If you have a permanent filter, make sure to wash it every few weeks. Pleated and fiberglass filters also need regular check-ups, but ideally need replacing every few months.
Outdoor air conditioners brave the elements, so making sure they’re clean is another step to avoiding costly repairs in the future. To quickly and safely clean your condenser unit, turn off the power on a warm day and spray water (no high pressure hoses!) over the condenser fins. Clearing these of debris greatly improves airflow to our system. Vacuum the fins clean if there’s any lingering dust or leaves. You can leave checking and restoring coolant levels and lubrication to the pros. Remember to turn the power back on after you clean your unit!
Though it’s good to self-inspect, let a professional take a look if you’re inexperienced or uncomfortable with turning your home’s fuel supply on and off (or electrical power source). These two things should be done before a furnace undergoes maintenance, and it’s safe to do before inspections as well.
At JM Heating & Cooling, there’s rarely a problem our experts can’t diagnose or fix. Whether your system’s sporting leaks, has ventilation problems, or one of your unit components isn’t performing how it needs to, our technicians have the tools to restore your system to top shape in no time.
Don’t hesitate to call us with your HVAC questions and concerns, and be sure to schedule regular maintenance appointments for your home heating and cooling system.