Performing preventive maintenance on your HVAC system in Boulder City, Nevada, whether for your home or business, is a good idea. Not only do you save money in the long term by preventing your system from breaking down and needing costly repairs, but you also extend the life of your system for months or even years.
However, even with preventive maintenance, the best systems still eventually need repairs. Our technicians at Ambient Edge can look your system over and give you a fair estimate for an efficient job that will get you back up and running in no time. Give us a call at 888-230-5160 to set up your service appointment, anytime day or night. We are here 24/7 to provide you with the best possible service, and we stand behind our 100-percent customer satisfaction guarantee.
Change the Filter Regularly
Most HVAC systems use either disposable fiberglass filters with a 30-day life cycle or three-month pleated filters. Whichever one you use, you should check on it regularly. If you notice the filter is remarkably filthy, it is time to replace it – even if your records show it is too early to do so. This is because when an air filter is dirty, your HVAC system is working double-time to circulate the air properly. More work means the system is putting more stress on the fan, which can break the fan. Not only that, but the system itself is struggling to work, and this can cause parts to wear out faster or simply break.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean
Outdoor units can get all kinds of debris trapped in them, from leaves and pollen to dirt, twigs and even grass clippings. Be sure to regularly clean the unit out thoroughly, even using the hose when necessary. When mowing the grass around the unit, do so carefully so as not to shoot the clippings in the direction of the unit. A two-foot radius is generally a good idea. And if you need to remove the cage or grill to clean the unit properly, remember to cut the power first!
Use the Fan Occasionally
For many of us, when it is hot out, we want the coldest air possible. But it is actually a good idea to use a fan occasionally, rather than your air conditioner. The less you use your system, the less likely it is to wear out and break. If there is a nice breeze outside, opt for opening a window instead.
Reprogram Your Thermostat
As you change seasons and switch from the air conditioner to the heater, you should reprogram your thermostat. If you have a manual thermostat, you may want to switch to a programmable one, as you can set it to do this automatically. Lowering the temperature during the times you are not home can save you money, as well as wear and tear on your system.
Upgrade Your Insulation
If you have poor insulation in your home, it stands to reason that your system will work harder, both to cool the house down and keep it warm. Consult the Environmental Protection Agency’s insulation climate map, as well as their guidelines for upgrades, to determine the amount and type of insulation the EPA recommends for your particular area. You can schedule a professional energy audit to evaluate your insulation situation.
Check Your Condenser
Your air conditioner’s condenser is located outside of your home. And while it is built to withstand even the worst weather, over time it can take a beating from some of the stronger storms. Check your condenser occasionally for signs of damage, and clear away any vegetation that may be restricting airflow to and from the unit.
Check Your Evaporator Drain
The evaporator drain in your HVAC system is responsible for collecting the humidity from the air the system takes in. This drain, like any other, can become clogged, so it is a good idea to check on it from time to time. Once a year, it is a good idea to pour a water/bleach mixture down the drain to clear it of algae and mold build-up.
Need an Inspection? Ambient Edge Can Help!
It is not a bad idea to get a professional inspection and tune-up of your HVAC system when the seasons change. In fact, twice a year is ideal. Making sure your system is well maintained and properly serviced goes a long way toward extending the life and performance of your system. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 888-230-5160 to set up a service call. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we will never surprise you with hidden fees, so call now!