The Secret to Avoiding HVAC Problems

With the heat rising, your air conditioning has to work twice as hard to keep up. This is the case for many with HVAC systems across Middle Tennessee, which is why summers are one of the busiest times for technicians and repairmen. The last thing you want to happen in your home or business is for your HVAC to suddenly break down leaving you miserable. Luckily, there are ways that both you and your technician can work together to prevent future breakdowns. Take a look at what you can do today to extend the life of your HVAC.

Things You Can Do

Clear the Clutter

Taking the time to make sure there is no debris around your unit is not only useful but imperative. The excess amount of clutter can create an inadequate amount of airflow which then causes damage to your unit. To prevent this from happening, be sure to examine both inside and outside the house for any areas that might prevent air flow. Vents located inside the house should have any dust cleaned off while areas outside, where objects such as the condenser unit is located, should be dirt/debris free.

Clean Your Fans

When the blades on your unit’s fan become coated with grime and debris, it can begin to spin slower, causing issues for the motor. In some cases, if blades are left completely untreated, the motor eventually fails. Taking a few minutes out of your day to clean the blades will help prevent breakdowns in the future.

Unclog Drain Lines

Condensed drains aren’t noticeable right away. Typically it takes a few months before you even realize there are issues. Unfortunately, by that time you will already have water damage that can cause harm to your unit system. To prevent this from happening, make sure to inspect your drain lines for any clogs. If you do see debris, you can either clean out the clog yourself or have a professional repairman come out to do it for you.

Proper Thermostats

Not always is the unit at fault. Sometimes the thermostat itself can be the real underlying issue. With an outdated thermostat, your system can read off the wrong temperature even if the unit is running fine. Make sure that your thermostat is up to date and has new batteries to prevent costly expenses that could have easily been avoided.

Clean Your Coils

There are two types of coils in your HVAC: evaporator coils that remove the heat from the air in your space and condenser coils that release the heat outside the building. Both must be maintained in order to keep your unit running. If the coils get coated with dirt and grime, it makes your fan struggle to keep running and can ultimately cause them to fail. Be sure to take time in the beginning of the season to clean off your coils and every few months in between.

Things Your Professional Technician Can Do

Efficiency Check

After taking care of your unit yourself, it’s time to call in the professionals for a little maintenance of their own. Ask them to provide an efficiency check on the unit to make sure everything’s running smoothly.

Inspect Electricity Issues

Without electricity, your unit couldn’t run by itself. That is why it is important to have your technician come out and check to make sure the unit is functioning properly. During an electrical inspection, they will look for loose connections and wires that could cause your system to breakdown. They will also run tests to make sure you are getting the proper feedback in areas such as your thermostat.

Check Your Refrigerant

Your air conditioning unit could not keep anything cool without refrigerant. Sometimes small cracks appear in refrigerant lines over time, causing the system to leak. When that happens, your space cannot receive any sort of cool air. Luckily your technician can check to make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in the unit. In cases when refrigerant runs low, your technician can also add in more to give your system a little boost it needs.

Check Worn Parts

HVACs, as with all units, have parts that can be worn out over time. The summer heat can especially be grueling to the equipment, which is why you should ask your technician to take a proper look. This way, you can make sure nothing is loose like a belt or pulley which is essential to your unit’s running properly.

Hatton’s HVAC Solutions

Do you need your unit inspected or repaired today? Call Hatton’s at
615-594-3739 for a free quote! With us, you can beat the heat.