Did you know that California is the HVAC capital of the US, providing over 187,000 jobs in the industry? The state’s varied climate means that heating and cooling are essential to comfortable living. So how do you keep your system working in the best condition?
Some jobs can be done yourself, while others may require a professional approach. Read on as we discuss the residential HVAC repair mistakes you must avoid.
1. Not Maintaining the System
Hiring a professional to do regular maintenance and tune-ups may seem like added expenditure on your household budget. However, it has several benefits and will save you money long term.
When you don’t maintain the system, parts begin to wear down. This puts strain on other components, reducing their lifespan. Soon you will be faced with a huge repair bill, or you may need to replace the whole thing.
When the system is working in this way, it also needs more energy to power it. This results in increased energy bills, costing you more money. Aim to get energy-efficient units and schedule regular maintenance with a professional company.
2. Not Giving the Outdoor HVAC Unit Space
Your outdoor HVAC unit is used to take in and expel air from the building. If it becomes obstructed or clogged, then it becomes unable to do this.
Make sure you clean the fans, removing any debris or foliage caught in the blades. This needs to be done delicately with the right HVAC repair equipment, so don’t attempt it if you don’t have the tools. Cut back any foliage and remove garden furniture, so that the unit has at least two feet of space around it in each direction.
The coils in the unit should be as close to the ambient air temperature as possible. Obstructions can mean that air coming into the unit is much hotter, and can even result in increased power usage of around 20%.
3. Not Replacing Filters
Many of the problems associated with HVAC systems can be solved by replacing the filters. These devices stop dust and dirt from entering the system when air is taken in. Luckily, they are easy to replace and cheap.
When they become clogged, it makes it harder to get the air needed. This means it works overtime, with the result of increased energy costs. Any air that does get through will also be of poor quality, containing pollutants and grime.
4. Replacing Refrigerants
As a system age, the pipes and lines can deteriorate. A consequence of this can be leaking refrigerant, an essential chemical used for cooling the air in the home. Most of the time you won’t see this as it will be inside the unit, though it appears as a yellow fluid if it does end up outside.
Refrigerant is quite a dangerous chemical. If you do notice a leak, it needs addressing immediately.
The different systems also require varying amounts of refrigerant, which are specified by the manufacturer. To get this right, make sure you hire a specialist who will know the correct amount to add.
It can also be tempting to place additives into the system to increase its efficiency. However, not all of these work out as well as the manufacturers claim. A good technician will know which you should put into your system if any at all.
5. Failing to Check Drainage
One of the most common HVAC issues is the appearance of water. This is usually the result of problems with the drainage system. Its purpose is to carry any condensation out of the ductwork, so you don’t get a build-up of moisture inside your vents.
When the drains become clogged, water will start to accumulate. It will either drip out of the system or remain and create unsanitary conditions. If you have scheduled regular professional maintenance, then cleaning should be included as part of the service.
6. Not Maintaining the Thermostat
The thermostat is the control unit, so when repairing HVAC issues it makes sense to have it as the starting point. A lot of common HVAC issues are the result of it not being set correctly. Make sure it is functioning, check if the batteries are working, and then get the timings and settings correct.
One way to cut down on maintenance and improve energy efficiency is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. These can operate through mobile applications on your device wherever you are. You can turn the AC off when you are not home, then put it on just before you return to conserve energy.
7. Not Replacing Old Units
It is understandable that you may not want to replace an HVAC unit as it can be expensive. But you are constantly repairing and fixing your unit, it may be the only option.
Modern HVAC units are also much more efficient than ones built even five years ago. This means they can save money over time, claiming back some of the costs of the unit.
Make sure you get the right-sized AC unit for the room or property. Too large, and you will find the home does not have its moisture levels removed efficiently. Too small, and you won’t be able to cool the space properly.
Avoiding Residential HVAC Repair Mistakes
Now you know these residential HVAC repair mistakes, you can work out which ones to attempt yourself and when to get a professional. All of this can be avoided with a tune-up and regular maintenance. Get quotes from several companies in your local area.
We are sure that Milano Mechanical has everything you need for residential HVAC in the Petaluma area. From service to installation, we can improve the air quality in your home. Contact us here to discuss maintenance on your system and let us improve the levels of comfort in your home.