Your heating and air conditioning unit should be checked on an annual basis for many reasons, because you definitely don’t want to get into the summer months (or even the winter months) without proper heating and cooling. There are many ways to do this, and you can even hire a company to do it for you, but there is plenty that you can do yourself to ensure your HVAC unit is properly working. In this article we’ll cover why you should get your HVAC system checked before spring, as well as give you some tips on how to do it.
Getting your HVAC system is inspected is much cheaper than the repairs may entail if your system has failed or halted, or even if it has issues because it could be a disaster waiting to happen. Things can get trapped in ducts, or even near heater coils and you not even know it, which is actually a fire hazard and could turn your building or home into an oven in minutes while it forces air through the ventilation systems. Checking your vents is something that a licensed contractor should do, but if you are a business with a maintenance team, this can be done by them as well. And you’ll save a lot more money doing this.
HVAC Failure During Summer Months
This can not only cause health problems for those who are inside your home, but you can also have issues with discomfort and other problems. Some people have even died due to heat related diseases during summer months simply because their HVAC unit stopped working. To avoid anything happening like this, you may want to invest in an inspection or make sure your equipment is working all the way from your outside refrigeration unit (what most of us call the central air unit outside). Make sure that wiring is still connected properly, not rusted, and that the inside fans are working. Believe it or not, it’s a good practice to try and turn it on for about 20-30 minutes to keep it from completely freezing up and to prevent any corrosion from causing caking, which can also hinder the rotation of your unit’s fan blades.
You want to also ensure that you trace the wiring all the way to the source, making sure that the fuses or breakers in your home are still in good shape for handling these types of things. As far as vents are concerned, be sure you check every single vent because over the fall and winter months, you can have more moisture than you realized being trapped inside your vents as the weather starts to cool down. When this happen, you can have numerous problems which can cause leaks and even cause mold to grow, then disperse throughout your home while you may not even know it. Hidden moisture in your vents can even cause water damage in other parts of your home.
So, when is the best time to inspect your HVAC system? The best time is just before the spring begins. This is because usually you may have a couple “warmer” days of winter, so you’ll be able to actually handle the temperature when you use it. So, get your HVAC check up today. If you have a HVAC system that also doubles as a heater (such as that which is in central heat and air furnaced homes), you may want to occasionally switch it over to the AC for about 30 minutes once every couple of weeks.