4 tips for maintaining performance after HVAC repair in OKC
January 6, 2022at7:00 AM
The last thing you want to do after paying for an HVAC repair in OKC is to have the technician come back in a month to make another repair. You can extend the life of your HVAC system by performing regular maintenance on the system and its components. At Caldwell Mechanical Services, we want to help you keep your HVAC system running at peak performance, so we have four ways you can without having us come out each time.
Keep constant temperature
Your HVAC unit is designed to be a climate control system for your home. The thermostat ensures that the system is running when it’s supposed to be without turning off and on too much. One great way to ensure that your system isn’t getting overworked is by keeping your home at a constant temperature. Avoid the temptation to mess with the climate control on your thermostat throughout the day, so your system is running at a constant temperature throughout the day. If you’re worried that it’s running too much, you can also turn the temperature up during the summer and down during the winter to prevent overworking the unit.
Change air filters
Air has to flow through the HVAC unit for it to work. A filter is in place to ensure that you’re not pushing dirt and dust particles into your house from outside. Dirty filters make it much more difficult for air to flow through your HVAC system and will put added pressure when it tries to pull air through. Changing your air filters regularly can help to ensure that you’re not making it difficult for air to flow. We recommend changing air filters as follows:
One-inch and two-inch filters: about every one to three months
Three-inch to four-inch filters: about every six to nine months
Five-inch to six-inch filters: about every nine to 12 months
It’s also a good idea to change your filter if your family has been sick because bacteria and other pathogens can get lodged in the fibers then get everyone sick again days or weeks later.
Clean the vents
You can keep air flowing smoothly through your home by having the vents cleaned periodically. Dust and dirt that build up can cause blockages and make it more difficult for your HVAC unit to pump air throughout your home. One way you can usually tell if you need to clean your vents is an uneven distribution of air throughout your house. For instance, one of the bedrooms might be extra cold while the master bedroom is swelteringly hot during the winter. It’s likely you have a buildup of some kind blocking airflow into the cold bedroom.
Clean the outside unit
Dirt and dust particles are not only problematic because they cause congestion within the system and hamper airflow, but they can also damage components in your HVAC unit itself. Tiny dirt particles might not seem like they’re that big of a problem, but when your system is pushing air at a rate of about 400 cubic feet per minute, they can be a significant problem. Dirt particles can scrape the insides of your ventilation system and eventually wear down metal components. Cleaning the outside unit will ensure that you don’t have an excessive buildup of particles that can eventually cause damage.
Get in touch for more
If you’d like to learn more ways you can perform maintenance on your HVAC system to make your HVAC repair in OKC last longer, reach out to our team at Caldwell Mechanical Services. You can give us a call at 580-490-2453 or 580-220-0932 to speak with a member of our team. If you prefer, send a message via our online contact form, and we’ll be sure to get back to you.
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