Although HVAC repair and maintenance is an exercise that is best left to the professionals, not every task requires a technical touch. There are some things that you can do on your own at considerably less expense irrespective of your skill levels. The interesting thing is these jobs can be the difference between spending thousands in repairs and replacements and a cost-effective HVAC operation.
Below are some of the routine tasks that you can comfortably do without notifying a professional HVAC technician or paying anybody.
This is a very simple and inexpensive maintenance job that you can do within a very short time. However, it should not surprise you that it is one of the most neglected AC maintenance repair work which in the end results in costly HVAC repairs.
The primary role played by the filters is to help in trapping allergens including dust and microbes from entering the indoor air. Over time, filters get clogged with dirt and dust and if not changed can create breathing problems for you and your family. Filters cost a few dollars per unit and you should change them at least once per month.
HVAC repairs and maintenance include inspection of the condensate drains and removal of any dirt and debris that may potentially block the drains thus keeping them from functioning properly. The particles should be removed on a regular basis and this will make it easier for you to tame the buildup over time which may prevent proper drainage.
If you are using a furnace to heat up your home, one of the components that is worth checking out every now and then is the pilot light. This is the ignition mechanism responsible for lighting the natural gas which runs your furnace.
When this component fails, the operation of the furnace is hindered because the gas is not ignited and as a result, your home will not be heated. As a matter of fact, one of the problems faced by homeowners is cool air coming out of vents and this is caused by pilot light failure. The simplest approach is to identify your pilot light and relight it.
Inasmuch as replacing a thermostat with a newer and more energy efficient model requires skill, you don’t have to be a professional technician for you to ascertain whether the thermostat is working as expected. If your home is too warm or too cool, your thermostat may not be operating well and this means a lot of energy is wasted.
Over time, the wasted energy will come back to haunt you in form of higher monthly utility bills and expensive repairs. The best way around this is to check whether the temperature in your home is the same as that indicated by your thermostat. Any further thermostat repair or maintenance which is more sophisticated may require assistance by a professional who is trained and experienced.
According to Energy Star, the recommended course of action is to hire a professional contractor for your annual preventive maintenance needs.