By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.
No matter how state-of-the-art and new your furnaces, it is a good idea to do some basic maintenance every year. This maintenance is best done before winter, so you could have a fully functioning furnace when the weather starts to drop and you need to heat your house. You can have your furnace maintained by an HVAC contractor, but you can probably do most of the simple maintenance on your own. This article explains 2 simple, yet very important maintenance task for furnaces in central HVAC systems.
How to Change Your Filter
Changing the filter in your furnace every year is always a good idea. If your filter is dirty, it will not work as well. This is especially problematic if anybody in your household suffers from allergies. Also, if your filter is not working, dust and dirt that gets blown into your duct system can eventually form mold. This becomes very expensive and inconvenient to fix. Additionally, if your furnace is dirty, it will reduce air flow into your furnace. This means that your furnace motor will struggle to suck in air. This will ramp up your electricity usage, but you will still suffer from reduced airflow.
So, when it comes down to it, replacing your filter every year could end up saving you some money and increasing the lifespan of your furnace. You don't want to invest in a new furnace early just because you failed to change the filter on a regular basis. Remember, filters are very affordable, they are usually less than $20. Changing the filter is super easy, you don't even need to open up the furnace cabinet. The filter is located between the intake ducts and the sidewall of the cabinet. It slides right out of its compartment with ease.
Cleaning the Furnace Perimeter
The furnace fan sucks in air. If the area around your furnace is packed with random stuff, it will not suck in as much air as it needs. Also, dirt and dust can get sucked through the vents (bypassing the filter) where it effects the normal operation of the fan and motor. A hose vacuum equipped with a hose attachment work great for removing dust from all the nooks and crannies on the vented walls of a furnace cabinet.
Maintaining your furnace is easy. But, if you wait too long, failure to maintain your furnace can cause damage to certain components of the unit. Fixing these problems is obviously more expensive and usually needs to be done by professionals (like those at Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning Services).Share
20 May 2016