The HVAC system controls the environment where it’s located by controlling the temperature through either heating or cooling. It also controls the movement and distribution of the air inside the room. The HVAC system also helps to improve the air quality where it is installed.
Why HVAC Systems Need Maintenance and Repair
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The HVAC system works year-round. This means some wear and tear is expected, and other electrical and mechanical issues can occur and require repair. When problems arise, there are professionals who can help you with the installation and repair of your HVAC system. In this article, you will learn about the various types of HVAC system installation and repairs.
Common HVAC Repairs
Proper and consistent maintenance of your HVAC unit is the best way to avoid repairs. The following are some easy maintenance tips to prevent larger problems from cropping up.
You should keep the exterior air conditioner condenser unit free and clear of dusts and debris. This lets air flow through the system appropriately. The interior also needs cleaning – dust usually sticks to the vents and registers. When dust sticks to these places, it makes your home dirtier and decreases the air quality in your home.
Change the Air Filter
You should change the air filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on the type of filter you have. You should check your filter every month, especially during high use seasons.
Check for Refrigerant Leaks
Air conditioners contain refrigerant, which releases heat from the air to cool it. When there is a refrigerant leak, it can reduce the refrigerant level below the required amount needed for it to function effectively. You’ll need fix the leak and also refill the air conditioner with refrigerant to return to required levels.
Prevent Poor Drainage
Air conditioners produce condensation, though the system is designed so that it flows away from the equipment. However, if there is a block in the condensate drain lines or drip pan, moisture may come back up into the air conditioner which hinders performance. The condensate lines and the drip pan should be cleared of any clogs and treated for any algae growth to avoid clogging in the future.
Monitor the Compressor Fan
The outside unit of an HVAC system houses the compressor fan and the condenser coils. They release heat from the air so you can have a cool indoor environment. However when the outdoor fan is not working effectively, it hinders the heat transfer process. A professional HVAC technician can find out why the fan is not working properly and then decide whether it has to be repaired or replaced.
Carrying out maintenance and repair work on your HVAC system is an ongoing practice. You should carry out the needed maintenance yourself if possible or by calling in professional help for trickier repairs.