If you’re like me (and so many others), you seized the opportunity and purchased a home in 2020. And like many, purchasing a home came with a massive list of fixes, repairs, and updates that needed to happen.
Now that summer is on the horizon, it’s time to talk about HVAC maintenance.
If you’re unsure how old your HVAC is, unsure when it was last checked on, and you don’t want to be left with a big bill and no A/C this summer, best get on it.
Here’s a helpful guide for developing a regular schedule for HVAC service.
Recommended Schedule for HVAC Maintenance
Like people and pets, all HVACs are unique.
I mention this to start with, as there’s not a 100% certain way to know when you should do service, but I encourage if you haven’t had it inspected in over a year (or several, like mine), you do it.
Once you’ve had that initial inspection, you’ll get a better idea of how often your HVAC needs maintenance.
For air conditioner service, it’s best to get work done in the spring. Prices and availability for work are lower. And you won’t have to go without your A/C, should there be an issue.
For furnaces, the best time is during the Fall. That doesn’t mean you have to wait! If your system struggled through one of our nasty Minnesota winters, have your furnace inspected immediately.
This maintenance is important for lowering carbon-monoxide poisoning risk, preventing pipes from freezing and keeping your system healthy.
In general, getting your systems checked twice a year is a good guideline to go off of. You’ll make sure they work for their prime seasons and won’t have to worry they’ll break during the worst possible times.
Types of HVAC Maintenance
There are a lot of issues that can arise requiring HVAC repairs. A standard inspection checks your thermostats, condenser, and filters to ensure they’re up to snuff.
After this, an inspection includes checking:
- Coils and the condenser
- Vents and heat pumps
- Drip pans
Often if there are issues with lubricants or filters, they can be sorted out without much hassle. Coil or condenser replacement, alternatively, is a more arduous process.
A technician can help determine whether something needs to be repaired immediately, or whether it needs to be checked on more regularly.
Routine cleaning and removing of debris can keep A/C systems running well. It’s also recommended you check your filters and clean out your air vents to ensure they are running optimally.
First, check your air filter regularly. We’d recommend changing it as frequently as every month. This is because if the filter is gunked up, it’ll make your system work harder to push air through.
If you’ve got an A/C unit outside, keep debris, toys, and other items out of it. Also, check if you’ve got critters or wasps making a home in it after a dormant winter.
Finally, keep your vents and registers clutter-free. If they’re blocked by furniture or rugs, it’s going to make your HVAC work much harder.
HVAC Company for Maintenance
If you want to ensure you’ve got A/C this summer, or a working furnace come winter, you’re going to need to keep tabs on your HVAC.
Sounds like a lot? Or do you know there’s an issue and need HVAC maintenance? We’re Edina, MN located and we’ve got you covered.
Schedule a time for us to come out and inspect your HVAC system. We offer fast, efficient A/C service, replacement, and repair. We’re committed to getting your systems up and running before they’re needed most.