One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your HVAC components is to adhere to a regular maintenance schedule. In addition to saving money on repairs, you’ll also likely cut down on your heating and cooling costs. Let’s take a look at what you can do to avoid potentially costly furnace, heat pump or air conditioner repairs.
Visually Inspect Your HVAC Components
Whenever you are in the basement, make it a point to look at your furnace to check for cracks or other obvious signs of damage. If you are outside, look at your air conditioner’s compressor unit to see if a blade is cracked or if there are other issues that might need to be resolved by a professional. In the event that you notice anything that needs to be fixed, call the folks at Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Champaign. A technician may be able to repair an air conditioner or furnace before a simple problem becomes a larger one.
Check Your Furnace Running Time
If you notice that your furnace is running for hours at a time, there could be a problem with the thermostat. It is also possible that a dirty air filter or dirty ducts are preventing enough warm air from getting to various rooms in your home. Changing an air filter or wiping down your furnace can be an easy way to fix the problem without spending a lot of time or money.
Alternatively, you may notice that your furnace isn’t going through a full cycle before it shuts off. This could also indicate that there is an issue with the thermostat. In some cases, simply changing the thermostat’s temperature setting can fix the issue.
You may also want to try placing it in a spot that doesn’t receive too much or too little sunlight. It isn’t uncommon for excess sun or excess shade to trick a thermostat into thinking that it’s warmer or colder than it really is in your house.
Keep Your Home at a Reasonable Temperature
During the winter, it is a good idea to keep your home’s temperature at 70 degrees or less. An exception can be made during periods of exceptionally cold weather when it can be acceptable to set your thermostat to 75 degrees. By keeping your home at a reasonable temperature, your furnace won’t have to work so hard during the winter months. This can help to maximize the efficiency and the useful life of this component.
During the summer months, you should aim to use your air conditioner as little as possible. Ideally, you’ll open a window at night or use a fan to keep a room cool when it isn’t extremely hot and humid outside. If you notice condensation or frozen coolant near the condenser unit, have a professional diagnose the source of the problem as quickly as possible. This could be a sign that there is a problem with the line running from the unit to the house.
Schedule Regular Service Appointments
Ideally, you will schedule an HVAC service appointment in the spring and the fall even if you don’t think that anything is wrong. During a service appointment, a technician can inspect your home’s gas lines as well as lubricate and clean your furnace. It may also be possible to have a compressor or heat pump inspected and cleaned to ensure that it runs properly now and in the future.
Don’t Try to Make Repairs on Your Own
Unless you are an experienced HVAC professional, it generally isn’t a good idea to make furnace or air conditioner repairs on your own. Doing so could make an existing problem worse, which means that it will likely be more expensive to fix. You also run the risk of hurting yourself or anyone else helping you try to make a repair in the process. In some cases, attempting to make a repair on your own could void any warranty or guarantee that it came with.
At Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we can help with HVAC sheet metal fabrication as well as installing or repairing your furnace or air conditioner. Our sheet metal fabrication service may make it possible to create custom solutions to your home’s heating and cooling needs. To learn more about how we might be able to help you or to schedule a service appointment, give us a call today!