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Ventura 2017: HVAC Maintenance Facts and Tips

Learning the preventive maintenance tips for your HVAC is beneficial because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The ideal schedule for HVAC preventive maintenance for a system that cools and heats is in the spring and fall, at least once a year for the cooling system maintenance before the cooling season, and for furnace maintenance at least once a year before the heating season. The filters of your HVAC system must be checked, cleaned, or changed at least once a month to prevent high energy expenditure, and to prevent equipment damage.

Annual inspection is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance that must be performed one to two months before the start of the summer season. For your outdoor units, inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Your HVAC system must be free of debris to clear the surrounding area and trim plants and shrubs obstructing your air conditioning unit to ensure that there is proper air flow. When it comes to taking care of your indoor units, it is important to inspect and clean your HVAC’s blower assembly, including the blower housing, blower wheel, and motor, and lubricate and replace fan belts of older models as needed. It is crucial to also check your gas furnaces for any gas leak, and inspect and clean the burner assembly and make some adjustments as necessary. It is essential to inspect your HVAC system’s safety controls and ignition system, the heat exchanger, heating elements, and flue system for proper attachment.

Progrmmable thermostat installation is important while you’re away or sleeping for reducing energy expenses by ten percent. While your HVAC system is operating, listen for abnormal sounds; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; measure low and high side system pressures; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. If you need professional help on HVAC preventive maintenance tips, feel free to contact Ventura HVAC Maintenance for more information about our services today.

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