Prevent Expensive HVAC Repairs With These Maintenance Tips

Owning a home can sometimes feel like you have to pick your battles. It’s normal to be reluctant to call in HVAC professionals since you might not want to spend money on home maintenance when other financial responsibilities are more urgent. However, it’s important to realize that the cost of small maintenance jobs will ultimately be less than the cost of an urgent, large scale repair if something that you ignored goes unchecked. Here are four tips to ensure your HVAC system will function properly for years to come. 

Change Air Filters Monthly

Most everyone knows this, but this is a home maintenance task that can easily slip your mind. It’s incredibly important to change your air filters every month. This is especially true if you have pets or if you suffer from allergies. Changing your filter not only improves airflow, but it also helps your HVAC system run more efficiently. Don’t forget to dust the outside of your air vents as well, and never shut the vents for an extended period of time. Instead of saving you money, closing your vents can harmfully increase the air pressure in your ducts.

Don’t Ignore Abnormal Noises

If you hear something coming from your HVAC system that is not a normal noise, it’s best to call your HVAC company right away. Don’t assume an issue will resolve itself, because this is unlikely to be true. You might also assume you know what the problem is. Don’t make this mistake. By attempting to isolate a noise or repair a possible concern yourself, you could be putting both yourself and your HVAC system in danger. Leave the repairs to the professionals, and things will go much smoother.  

Check on the Outdoor Units

The outdoor components of your central air conditioning are the condenser, compressor, and related components. These units need constant, uninterrupted airflow in order to function properly. Since they are exposed to the elements, there is a chance that debris could build up and impede airflow if you do not keep a close eye on the units. Impeded air flow can cause the unit to overheat and malfunction. Check on your units regularly and trim any overhanging trees, remove debris such as branches and leaves, and when necessary rinse the unit with a garden hose (no pressure washers).

Keep to a Regular Inspection and Tune-Up Schedule

Do not let recommended checkups pass you by. Just like going to the doctor, keeping on schedule for your HVAC inspections and tune-ups will do the most to prevent costly repairs in the long run. Your HVAC professional is the best person to spot issues when they first emerge, saving you from emergencies later on. Most recommended tune-ups every spring and fall. Give Hatton’s HVAC Solutions a call at 615-594-3739 to schedule your Spring tune-up today!