17 Jan Avoid Costly Replacement with These HVAC Maintenance Tips
Replacing the HVAC system in your Ann Arbor home can be costly – and your system will likely fail when you least expect it. There are a few things you can do to help prolong the life of your system and avoid costly repairs! Our Southeast Michigan HVAC technicians have a few suggestions you will find useful.
Winters are cold in Michigan, but exposure to the elements can be damaging regardless of the season. Whether an air conditioning unit or heat pump, keep debris such as weeds, leaves, and twigs cleared away, providing a minimum of two feet of clear space around the unit. Your equipment will run more efficiently due to improved air circulation. During winter months when it often snows or sleets it is also a good idea to consider covering your unit.
We have said it often, and we will say it again: Check the filter frequently and clean or replace depending on filter type. This is one of the cheapest components of your HVAC system, but one of the most important! Use a high-quality filter, check and clean often, and you will enjoy a more efficient system while prolonging the life of your A/C equipment. A clean filter captures dust and debris that could end up on the coil if the filter is dirty, disrupting heat absorption by the coil. A clean filter means a happy HVAC system that doesn’t have to work as hard to provide comfortable air. Depending on how dirty the filter is upon monthly checking, change every one to two months.
There are some components you can check yourself to determine whether you need to call in an expert HVAC technician. Look for clogged drains which could result in damage to your system, and inspect the pad your unit sits on to make sure it is still level. It’s also easy for most homeowners to look at the refrigerant lines coming into your home every now and then to be sure there are no signs of damage.
It’s important to have one of our skilled SE Michigan HVAC contractors inspect your system regularly so that any potential problems can be addressed before they become a major (and costly) headache. Our technicians will repair any refrigerant leaks, perform a thorough inspection, measure airflow through the coil, tune up your HVAC system, and diagnose all issues that could impede efficiency and proper operation of your system.
At Haley Mechanical, we know an HVAC system is a sizeable investment. Taking the above steps and having regular maintenance performed will ensure improved efficiency, lower energy costs, and a longer life for your HVAC system!