HVAC systems are so essential in the home, but often we don’t think about them much at all until something goes wrong—and then we really realize just how much we need them.
There is nothing worse than your HVAC system breaking down in the middle of the summer or winter, and routine maintenance is often the best way to prevent this from happening. When it comes to DIY, there are some things that you can do on your own with HVAC systems, but sometimes you will need to call in the pros.
Routine Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
Some routine maintenance you can do yourself, and in fact it is a very good idea to do so because you can make some significant savings. For example, check the air filter once every one or two months for dust and dirt. Hold it up to the light, and if the light struggles to get through, it’s time to replace it. The problem with air filters is that when they get clogged, they can really have an impact on the system’s efficiency, so it is well worth checking your filters regularly. Check the Energy.com site for more details on DIY projects that can save you energy.
In addition, you may want to clean the condenser coils, add lubricant to the motor, and clean the evaporator, which are all jobs that you may be able to do on your own depending on your abilities.
When to Call the Professionals
One of the times when you should call a professional is simply to go over your system once a year. For your annual check, call out a service and maintenance professional who can check over the entire system so that you know everything is running smoothly. They will check the capacitors, the indoor and outdoor coils, the compressor, the level of refrigerant, and more, and they can fix any problems they find to keep your system in top condition. The ENERGY STAR website provides some more information on the thing stat a technician may check.
Other Technical Problems
There are other problems that are considered more technical, and for which you may want some extra help. If you notice that your fan keeps on running, the heat pump gets stuck in a mode, the system is making strange noises, the unit is not shutting off properly, the thermostat is playing up, or anything else where you do not understand the cause of the problem, it’s best to call a professional.
Replacing the System
If you decide that you want to replace your system, this is not something that you will want to attempt on your own. If your system is 15 years old or more, it could well be worth replacing it, and a newer system can be more energy-efficient and therefore help you to cut your bills. This is not something you can learn on your own without years of experience, so a professional is needed.
Always Call An Expert If Unsure
DIY is great, especially when it can help you to make some significant savings. However, when something goes wrong with your HVAC system, always be realistic. Can you really fix it yourself? If you are unsure, always call a professional. Not only is it safer, but they may help to prevent you making the problem worse, which will cost you more money.
Sophia Butterworth is a real estate investor. She enjoys sharing her experiences on the web. Her articles can be found mostly on property investing and home improvement sites.