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Ventura HVAC Maintenance: Knowing When You Need One

There is an old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure” or “prevention is better than cure”, and so is true with your HVAC system, you need to ensure that you apply preventive maintenance tips in order to keep your AC and furnace in good running condition. Preventive maintenance for your HVAC should be done at least once a year for your cooling system before the cooling season, and for your heating system before the heating season, and for both system in the spring and fall. It is essential to do inspection, cleaning, or changing of your air conditioning, furnace, and heat pump filters at least once a month to save on energy expenses, and to prevent damage to your equipment.

Annual inspection is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance that must be performed one to two months before the start of the summer season. For taking care of your HVAC, you outdoor unit must be inspected and cleaned and perform the following tips: inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Clear the surrounding areas around your HVAC system, keeping the condensing unit free of debris, and you can trim plants and shrubs near your air conditioner to make sure there is proper air circulation. Your indoor units must be checked, cleaned, and lubricated as necessary including the blower assembly (blower wheel, blower housing, and motor), and for older models, you have to replace the fan belt and lubricate as needed. It is crucial to also check your gas furnaces for any gas leak, and inspect and clean the burner assembly and make some adjustments as necessary. The safety controls and ignition system must be inspected, cleaned, and adjusted as needed.

Install programmable thermostats to change the temperature while you are away or if you are sleeping to cut on your energy expenses by ten percent. It is important to listen for strange sounds when your HVAC unit is operating, monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; measure low and high side system pressures; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. Preventive maintenance is important to your HVAC system to prevent future issues and to lengthen the lifespan of your unit, and Ventura HVAC Maintenance Services can help you out by visiting our website or homepage now!

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