Not many people have an in depth knowledge about working on HVAC units. This can be problematic when it comes time to handle a household heating or cooling emergency.
Know the name and type of system before looking for a repair person. This helps make sure the contractor will be sufficiently prepared.
Know what work you need before you hire a contractor. It will be hard for an HVAC contractor to give you a price estimate over the phone without knowing what your current setup is. It will be way more hard if you over the phone without the information readily available.
Clean your fan blades and coils come spring. Clean off any leaves or debris from your condenser unit.
Be sure to regularly clean external condenser units. You never know when things can pile up, especially after a windy or rainy storm, and that can ruin your system. It can also cause the unit to overheat and break down.
Turn it off first so nothing moves. Next, pop off the grill, put the blades out and start to gently clean them along with the unit.
Don’t get grass clippings pile up against your outdoor condenser. Aim the grass cuttings in a different direction from your unit. This applies to leaf blowing and any other yard work that results in debris.
Lubricate your condenser at least once a year. These ports are usually covered by a rubber or metal cap. Use SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight, and put 10 drops or fewer in each port, putting 10 drops in each port.
When the heating or air conditioning breaks, a homeowner immediately becomes disgruntled. This process is not as bad as you think though. Heeding the tips in this piece makes handling emergencies fast and easily much more doable.