When summer rolls around, the weather is going to continue getting hotter and hotter. During this heat, most people will want to sit inside, relax and cool off using their air conditioners. Before the grueling heat of summer arrives, it is a very good idea to inspect your entire HVAC system to ensure everything is up and running to maximum efficiency. If you do not, you may find yourself sweating quite a bit, during this period of time. This generally includes having your HVAC unit inspected, but you should also look at some other proponents of your system. Below, you will find a list of important elements of your cooling system, which should be inspected.
- HVAC Unit
- Duct Work
Inspecting your HVAC Unit
Although you may have an idea what to look for, it is best to hire a professional to inspect your heating and cooling equipment. These are very fragile pieces of equipment and need to be touched with special care and precaution. You should definitely hire a professional to complete this task. They’ll have a trained eye, which will be able to spot problems that may not be so noticeable to the layman. This individual will also know exactly what is wrong with your unit and will be able to order replacement parts without much trouble. This will save you time and a headache of having to replace parts in a trial and error fashion.
Maintenance your Thermostat
Although your thermostat is probably the least expensive piece of your heating and cooling system, it is a very crucial and important component. Your thermostat is responsible for determining the current temperature inside of your home. Your air conditioner will not turn on, if your thermostat isn’t working properly. Some of these require batteries, while others are connected to an electric wire. Depending on the type you have, you may need to check the batteries to ensure they’re still working and full of power. By examining the damage to your thermostat, you may determine that you need to hard yours repairs or possibly replaced.
Checking for Leaks in your Duct Work
A leaky ductwork can dramatically decrease the power of your heating and cooling system. Air that escapes through leaks will never make it to the inside of your home. Therefore, you should inspect your entire ductwork on a regular basis. This is fairly simple and something that you can do on your own, without a professional. National Air Warehouse sells ductwork, which you may need to purchase in order to replace damaged existing ductwork. When looking for leaks, you should always follow the entire duct and feel all around the duct using your hands. It is also a good idea to check all connections very closely, as these are the most common areas for leaks.
Before the grueling heat of summer arrives, you should spend some time inspecting your heating and cooling system thoroughly. This will save you time and potentially a few miserable, sweaty days in the future. A professional may or may not be needed depending on your situation and the condition of your unit.
Daniel Williams is a heating and cooling technicians who works at the National Air Warehouse. He spends time repairing units and writing articles discussing tips for keeping a unit in working condition.