Your heating and cooling equipment should operate dependably for many years to come, however there are a few maintenance operations you can do yourself to help ensure the best performance.
Notice: Before you perform any kind of maintenance, disconnect all electrical power to the unit. Do not remove access panels until doing so, and be careful for sharp edges when handling parts or reaching into units. Also be sure to comply with all manufacturer’s instructions, otherwise failure to do so may result in fire or combustion that may cause property damage, serious injury or death, and possibly void all manufacturer’s warranties and guarantees.
Check Filter – Checking the air filter in your furnace or fan coil each month, making sure the filter is not dirty, will ensure that your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump is not working excessively. Replace your filter when necessary, or clean it if possible. (Make sure filter is dry before re-installing it.)
Remove Debris – Make sure to keep your outdoor unit free of debris, grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery, and etc. Also be sure to check the base pan, under your unit, for debris. Doing so will allow the unit drain properly.
Brush Exterior – It is ideal to use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the surface of your outdoor coil.
Check Level – Be sure your outdoor coil stays in a level position. In the case that the support for the coil shifts or settles and the unit is no lover level, re-level it to make sure moisture drains properly from under the unit.
Inspect Ventilation – Before each heating season it is a good idea to inspect your furnace’s combustion area and vent system. If you happen to find dirt, soot, or rust your system it may not properly operate, or at its peak efficient. Please call Quality Mechanical Services and do not run your furnace until it is professionally inspected or repair.
Clean Humidifier – Before every heating season clean your humidifier. It is best to review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure to clean the evaporator pad and external components before hand.
Winterize a Vacant Home – Before heading south for the winter avoid frozen pipes by:
- Turning off the water to your home using the main shut-off valve.
- Opening all faucets, both indoors and outside, starting with the upstairs. After all water has dripped from the taps, drain the main shut off valve by opening the plug. (This may require contacting the water company.)
- Turning off the power or gas to the water heater. Open the drain valve.
- Removing the clean out plugs on all sign traps. When empty replace them and fill with plumbing antifreeze mixed with water following the directions for car in your climate.
- Adding a full quart of antifreeze to tubs and showers since you cannot drain them. (Do NOT use in a dishwasher or washing machine.)
Avoid Drain Clogs– Clogged drains happen more often than we care to think about and at times can be extremely frustrating. A few ways to avoid clogged drains included:
- Do not pour grease down drains.
- Do not discard coffee grounds down drains.
- Use chemical cleaners only when necessary, as some chemicals can corrode metal pipes.
- Clean all removable drain strainers.
- Clean pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink and tub once a week.
- Keep sewer pipes from the house free of tree roots.
- Flush the drain-waste and vent systems when you’re on the roof cleaning out your gutters. Use your hose to run water into all of the vents.
Showerheads – Weak or pulsating water pressure usually indicate mineral build up in the showerhead. Clean the outlet holes with a pin, or unscrew the faceplate and soak it in vinegar overnight – scrubbing it clean before replacing it on the showerhead.
Garbage Disposal – When operating the disposal use cold water. The best way to clean your disposal is by grinding ice cubs, then refresh by grinding some lemon peels.
Water Moisture – Make sure that vents with fans are installed in your kitchen and bathrooms to prevent water moisture in the house. Remember, ventilating fans are of no use unless turned on.
Mildew – To prevent mildew use dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls, and furnishings. Do not hang wet clothes in your closet, keep your showers and tubs clean of soap-scum so that they dry quicker, and air out your bathroom cabinets and kitchen sink cabinets often.
Pipe Insulation – Never forget to insulate your pipes before it gets cold. When temperatures drop blow freezing, run a stead amount of hot and cold water from you faucets to keep your pipes from freezing. If you do not insulate your pipes they may freeze even with a solid flow of water.
Roots – Overtime roots can grow in to the joints of your pipes. A little “root-x” flushed down the toilet can reduce the growth of roots in your pipes. For the best results flush the “root-x” before bed so that it sits in the pipes overnight.