Spring Maintenance Checklist
Maintenance for your Systems
After the harsh winter, the warm weather means it’s time for spring HVAC maintenance. Your HVAC system works hard all year ‘round. If it is not inspected, it can lose up to 10% efficiency with every year that goes by without an inspection. At Harwich Port Heating and Cooling, we have the equipment to handle HVAC repairs.
Doors and windows
An HVAC system is a closed system. That means it’s only supposed to draw air, whether heating or cooling, from an area of a certain size. If there are any leaks in that system, it puts extra work on your equipment. Before you call an HVAC professional, check all your windows and doors for air drafts. A constant chill or a heater that never seems to turn off are indicators of these kinds of problems.
Crawlspace and venting
Most people don't go under their own house. Yet, that is where a major part of your venting is. Many people think once something is set up in the crawlspace that it will be fine until someone changes it. The truth is, there are many ways that a venting system can become affected by other factors. Rodents and other creatures are to blame for tearing up vents. Even a well-meaning repairman can knock out a vent. Leaks from plumbing or water run-off from the exterior can compromise a system. You can often see the damage to the vents. If your crawlspace is warmer than your house in the winter, there is a good chance you have a leaky vent.
There is a small list of things that you can do to maintain the equipment in your HVAC system. Most of the working parts need an inspection by an HVAC professional. That list is different depending on whether you have a heat pump, a furnace, or an air conditioner. That said, some things are all the same. First, remove any large items and debris that are around your unit. Next, vacuum around your system to keep dust from building up. Also be sure to clean all the vents. Dust build up is very hard on a heating system.
Remember: going from heating to air conditioning is simple on the thermostat control. But, there is definitely more steps involved. You should call for a seasonal inspection from an HVAC professional at least twice a year.
Contact Harwich at (508) 593-9436 or use our online form for more information.