It’s an unseasonably hot day. Your family is encouraging you to turn on your home’s central air conditioning system, and finally you give in. Except when you switch your AC on, nothing happens. When your home heating or cooling system breaks unexpectedly, it can result in high repair costs and anxiety about your budget. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do as a homeowner to avoid the unfortunate scenario of unexpected repairs and extend the life of your HVAC system. Here are four suggestions.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule
Do you still have the paperwork for your home heating and cooling system? If so, it’s a good idea to read through it. Many manufacturers will provide a checklist of simple things you can do as a homeowner to maintain your HVAC system. Things like checking vents regularly and replacing filters every six months may be on the list of suggestions from the manufacturer. These tasks are relatively simple and inexpensive, but they can make a big difference on how well your system continues to function over time.
Improve Air Flow in Your Home
Did you know that simple things like closing doors and blocking vents with furniture can actually put stress on your home’s heating and cooling units? These common issues can create additional pressure in your home’s ductwork, and force your system to work harder to heat and cool your home. To help alleviate the stress on your system, consider keeping doors open and moving furniture around to improve air flow in your home. It’s also a good idea to inspect vents regularly and remove any dirt or dust which has accumulated over time.
Keep Outdoor Units Clear
Do you have a central air conditioning unit that is located outside of your home? Keeping outdoor units free of leaves and other debris can help keep them running for the long term. Make it a point to check your central AC system every few months to ensure that the coils and fan are clean and clear of obstructions. This can help you avoid any unexpected issues with your central air conditioner.
Have your System Serviced Regularly
Even if you are following the maintenance checklist provided by your system manufacturer, it is also a good idea to have your heating and cooling units serviced by a contractor on a routine basis. Professional HVAC contractors will be able to perform more comprehensive maintenance tasks in order to preserve the integrity of your heating and cooling units. Routine system tune ups by a professional can add years to the life of your HVAC system. Investing in maintenance contract to protect your system is well worth the cost.
Keeping your HVAC system running for the long haul may be easier than you think. Start by reviewing the paperwork from your system manufacturer for suggested maintenance, improve the air flow in your home, keep outdoor central air systems free of leaves and dirt, and schedule regular service for your system. These simply steps can help you avoid any unexpected – and potentially expensive – heating and cooling system repairs.