Spring Maintenance Checklist
Maintenance for your Systems
After surviving the harsh winter, the warmer weather is coming and that means it’s time for spring maintenance for your HVAC system. Your HVAC system works hard all year ‘round and if it is not inspected, it can lose as much as ten percent efficiency with every year that goes by without an inspection and servicing. At Harwich, we have all the equipment and materials needed to handle basic repairs on your HVAC system.
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 predetermined size. If there are any leaks in that system, it puts an undue amount of extra work on your equipment. One of the most important things to do before you call an HVAC professional is to inspect 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 several ways that a venting system can become compromised by other factors. Rodents and other creatures are commonly to blame for tearing up vents. Even a well-meaning repairman can accidentally knock out a vent. Often leaks from plumbing or water run-off from the exterior can compromise a system. You can often visibly see damage to vents. If your crawlspace is warmer than your house in the winter, there is a good chance you have a leaky vent.
There is really a very small list of things that a person can do on their own to maintain the actual equipment involved with your HVAC system. Most of the working parts need to be inspected by an HVAC Professional. That list is different depending on whether you have a heat pump, a furnace or air conditioner. That said, some things are all the same. First, remove any large items and debris that may be stored 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 that transitioning from heating to air conditioning unit may be simple enough on the thermostat control, however, there is definitely more steps involved.You should probably call for a seasonal inspection from an HVAC professional at least twice a year.