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Maintaining Your Heating And Cooling System In The Northwest

Annual Maintenance Beats HVAC System Failure!

Warning! Always disconnect the power before removing access panels. There might be multiple power connections. Be cautious when handling parts or reaching into units. If you have any doubts about your abilities to perform any of these tasks, call a professional.

  1. Make certain that your outdoor equipment is level. If the footing for your split-system outdoor equipment has shifted or settled and the equipment is no longer level, re-level it immediately to make sure moisture drains properly. If you see water or ice collecting beneath the unit, find a solution for it to be drained away from the equipment.
  2. Inspect your furnace, both in the combustion area and vent system, before the heating season begins. Finding dirt, soot or rust, is an indication that your system may not be operating properly or at its peak efficiency. Call for service and do not operate your furnace until it is inspected and/or repaired by a professional technician.
  3. Call in a professional to inspect oil-fired boilers annually. Each heating season a technician should replace your oil filter cartridge and conduct a thorough inspection of the unit’s operation.
  4. At the beginning of every heating season, your humidifier should be cleaned. Review your equipment’s documentation for the proper procedure to clean the components of your unit, both internally and externally. This is a good time to replace your evaporator pad as it should be replaced annually. Depending on the water quality in your area you may need to clean your humidifier more frequently. Hard water and water with a high mineral content can create scale and build up in your equipment which leads to a decrease in efficiency and an increase of problems if left unchecked.
  5. Your ventilator should have its core and air filters cleaned at least every three months. This can easily be done by vacuuming the core of an energy recovery ventilator as long as it is free from moisture and the outdoor temperature is between 60 F (16 C) and 75 F (24 C). Soak your heat recovery ventilator cores in a solution of warm water and mild soap for up to three hours and then rinse. To wash your ventilator air filters vacuum off the heaviest accumulation of dust and then wash them in lukewarm water. Wait until they are completely dry before you reinstall them.

Your heating and cooling equipment is a machine, with proper care an maintenance it will last longer and save you money an the long run. And don’t forget about the health benefits of properly maintaining your equipment, you and your family breathe the air that this system pushes into your home.

This is a continuation of our article “5 Ways to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System”.

5 Ways To Maintain Your HVAC System

Best Operation and Comfort from your Heating and Cooling System

Warning! Always disconnect the power before removing access panels. There might be multiple power connections.  Be cautious when handling parts or reaching into units.

  1. Check your filter once a month. Dirty filters will strain your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump. Your filter should be replaced or cleaned when necessary.  If you  have a reusable filter, dry thoroughly before re-installing it.
  2. Clean your pre filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner every 4 to 6 months.
  3. Dust your indoor coil with a vacuum cleaner and soft-brush attachment.  Be sure to remove any dust from the top and underside of the coil.  If you can’t get the coil clean this way, call a professional for service.
  4. Remove debris (leaves, sticks, dirt) from around your outdoor heat pump. This way it should only require minimal care to operate properly. Check the base pan under the unit occasionally to help the unit drain correctly. To clean a dirty coil, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment for surface grime. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact a professional for service.
  5. Coastal environments have their own challenges for outdoor condensing units, so your unit will require special care. Ocean spray and coastal winds carry salt, which is corrosive to most metals. Though newer equipment is made out of galvanized metal and protected by specially formulated paint, you can increase the life to your unit by washing all exposed surfaces and the coil every three months.

These 5 tips can start you on your journey of saving money through proper maintenance of your heating and cooling system.

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