Understanding DIY vs. Professional HVAC Maintenance Tasks

Understanding DIY vs. Professional HVAC Maintenance TasksHVAC maintenance is a critical component for energy efficiency and system longevity. It’s important to know what you should do on a routine basis and what’s best left to a pro. Delving too deeply into your system without the best tools could backfire and instead of saving money, costing you more in the long run.

What You Can Do

A clean air filter is the most important maintenance task you can perform. A dirty air filter harms the components in the air handler, drives up energy bills, and may contribute to serious mechanical failure. Checking the filter monthly when the system is running frequently and changing it when it’s dirty go a long way toward preserving your equipment and its efficiency.

Maintaining the outdoor condenser promotes cooling efficiency. The condensing coil inside it and any fins should be clean and free from dust or grass clippings. Keep landscaping and plant debris at least 24 inches from the condenser, and be sure no one places anything on top of or beside it that blocks the air flow. The condenser has a large fan that pulls air over the hot refrigerant from your home. Clean coils and ample airflow help it cool as efficiently as possibly.

What a Licensed Pro Does

An HVAC system may be the most complicated appliance in your home, and the HVAC maintenance addresses its mechanical and electrical parts. The technician uses specialized tools and meters to clean, adjust and test all its parts.

HVAC professionals have access to the exact manufacturer’s specifications for your equipment so that they can bring it back to its factory standards. Making adjustments without the exact parameters can cause mechanical problems and lower efficiency.

Improper refrigerant level isn’t an uncommon issue with cooling systems. The U.S. EPA requires a special license to handle it. Electrical parts corrode and get dirty over time, and the technician uses special cleaners and lubricants for maximum safety.

Routine HVAC maintenance you and your trusted HVAC provider perform keeps your system running at its best. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, serving Peachtree City homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC maintenance tasks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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