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Identifying Air Conditioning Problems

Last summer, after carefully planning a family reunion for months, the worst thing in the world happened. My air conditioner died right in the middle of the night--when we had our entire family staying at our house. People were uncomfortable and grumpy because of the heat, and it was really embarrassing. Fortunately, we were able to get an HVAC contractor out to help us, and they did an awesome job fixing things fast. To prevent problems in the future, I decided that it would be smart to learn how to identify air conditioning problems. My website is all about finding the things that are wrong with your HVAC system and preventing issues.

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During the winter months, you may neglect a lot of the HVAC maintenance that needs to be done. This is a time of year when problems with your air conditioning can start, which is why you want to continue with a regular maintenance routine to ensure your home is comfortable all year. Some things you may want to do include cleaning the heat pump, changing filters and adding freeze protection. Here are some maintenance tips to ensure your HVAC system does not develop any problems over the winter months: 

1. Cleaning The AC Heat Pump Before Cold Weather Hits

The fall months are a great time to do a little maintenance around your home. You may be doing things like weatherizing your home and preparing for the cold weather. While you are doing this, you may also want to clean the outdoor AC unit. This can ensure that you do not have any problems from the fall and winter weather. It is a good idea to wait until all the leaves fall of the trees to do this, so you will be sure it is clean all winter and free of tree debris.

2. Insulating And Protecting HVAC Components From Winter Freezes

There are also many AC components that can be exposed to winter weather. Some of these can be damaged as cold weather gets near freezing. Consider adding insulation to any exposed lines of your HVAC system. This is often the lines that go from your home to the AC heat pump. You can use batten insulation or loose saw shavings to insulate lines and components of your mechanical systems.

3. Servicing Your HVAC In Fall And Spring To Ensure Everything Is In Working Order

As the season change, you will be switching from using an AC to the heating system. It is a good idea to have your system serviced before the weather makes a big change. You can schedule servicing of your HVAC system for fall and spring. This will ensure that your system always has the regular servicing it needs before you switch between heating and cooling.

4. Regular Cleaning And Changing Air Filters To Reduce Wear On HVAC 

Servicing of your system is important, but there is also maintenance that will need to be done all year. There are also some things that you may want to do every few years. The filter of your system needs to be changed regularly throughout the year. When you do this, keep an eye on how dirty your system is. When you notice a lot of dust and dirt, you can have the ducts and your system cleaned to reduce wear.

These are some maintenance tips to ensure your HVAC system does not have any problems over the winter. If you need help with maintenance and repairs to your heating and cooling, contact an HVAC contractor (such as one from C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning) and have them help with the servicing of your system.