From choosing the wrong type of air filter to having a central air conditioner low on freon, there are many things that can go wrong with your HVAC system. Fortunately, you can usually get around these issues by sticking to a regular maintenance and inspection plan with your local heating and air conditioning specialists. If you’re a proponent of the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention…’ then you would do well to keep your system from developing problems in the first place. Below our experts at All Weather list a few common bad HVAC habits you should steer clear of at all times.
Using the Wrong Air Filters
There are dozens of different types of air filters, and they come in all different sizes, MERV (filtering strength) ratings and other specifications. Consult with your installer or even the product manual to find out what type of filter is right for your unit before purchasing replacements.
Disregarding Routine Inspections
HVAC systems require a professional tune-up and inspection every season, or at the very least once a year. This should include making minor repairs, changing clogged filters and, if you have an HVAC system low on freon, topping off the refrigerant.
Using Filters Without Replacing Them
The air filters in your air conditioner or heater trap contaminants like dust, pollen and even bacteria and viruses, depending on the filter. This means they get clogged up regularly. Our experts recommend cleaning or changing your filters at least once every 90 days. If your home is in a particularly dusty area, you can increase the frequency of filter changes to once every 30 days.
Having Zero Knowledge About HVAC Basics
You don’t necessarily have to take a training course on the technical aspects of HVAC repair and maintenance such as central air recharge jobs, but it definitely pays to be equipped with some basic troubleshooting knowledge. This could very well save you a lot of discomfort when your system develops problems and you’re waiting for the technician to arrive.
At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you with all your HVAC maintenance, installation and repair needs. Give us a call at (707) 447-9855 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service appointment or request a free quote on new HVAC installations today.