As a homeowner, you probably know that AC repair and maintenance is best left in the hands of professionals. This is not only true, but also advisable because fiddling with equipment whose mechanism you are not familiar with can be dangerous and expensive.
Inasmuch as this is the case, there are some tasks that you can do at considerably less expense because the required skill level is minimal. Some of these routine tasks are discussed below:
Air Filter Installation and Replacement
This is one of the least expensive repair and maintenance jobs you can do all by yourself. However, from experience, air filter replacement appears to be one of the most neglected AC repair and maintenance work. When you hire a HVAC technician to come and do the installation and replacement, it may cost you a lot of money that you could have saved.
Filters help in trapping allergens and particulate matter from incoming air before it is released into the indoor space. Regularly cleaning or replacing your air filters will lower your monthly utility bills as well as lessen cases of equipment breakdown and costly repairs.
HVAC systems are fitted with drains that help to remove the excess condensation which accumulates over time. The condensation contains debris, dirt as well as other particles and it’s never clean. These particles if not cleared out can block the drains and keep them from proper functioning. Single handedly, you can remove these particles and dirt thereby preventing a buildup that can affect your drainage system.
The pilot light refers to the ignition mechanism which lights the natural gas running your furnace. When this pilot light fails to operate, the gas is not ignited and the air that will be circulated will be the same as the external air in temperature. Failure of the pilot light causes cool air to come out of your vents. In order to rectify this problem, all you need is to locate the pilot and then relight it.
Thermostats especially those fitted in most homes today require professional handling especially at the point of installation and replacement. That being said, it doesn’t take a professional to tell whether the thermostat is working. If your home stays too warm or cool, your thermostat may be experiencing problems and this can lead to energy wastage which will be reflected in your monthly bills. To tell if your thermostat is dysfunctional, check the temperature indicated by the thermostat and the actual temperature in the room.
Always remember that the long held secret to avoiding the costly repairs and replacement expenses is to go for more energy efficient units and ensure they undergo preventive maintenance annually.