Understanding your HVAC system and learning basic maintenance techniques can help you save big money in the long run. Let's take a look at how your system runs, key components, and how to keep everything running happy.
This is where the ventilation cycle begins. Air is drawn in through the return vent, passes through a filter and then sent into the system to be heated or cooled. This is a major dust collection point and can bog down your system when dirty – dust it regularly to keep your air filter clean and system running smoothly.
Change your filter every2-3 months. Many HVAC problems can be solvedor prevented bymaintaining a clean filter.
The fan in this unit is the heart of your HVAC system. It's good practice to keep the unit clean and clear of plants or bushes. If it stops running, so does your heat or A/C.
A hindered exhaust outlet can be a serious hazard to your health and to your home. It's advised to check your chimney flue or vent stacks yearly for any obstructions.
Air ducts are another gathering point for dust and debris. It's recommended to have your ducts cleaned every 2-5 years
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. If your system isn't running, this is a great place to start looking. Check for dead batteries in the unit or a tripped breaker. This could save you an expensive service call.
The compressor moves refrigerant around your system and is a part of the outdoor unit. It contains the most moving parts of all the components, so if your system goes down, this is a likely candidate.
The coils are responsible for keeping you nice and cool on those hot summer days. As warm air passes over the coils it is cooled and sent back into your home. Low refrigerant levels and dirty air filters can damage this part of your system.
The blower moves air through your entire HVAC system. If you notice week airflow, this could be your problem. Consistently cleaning your vents, ducts, and replacing your air filter keeps the blower in top shape.