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Ventura HVAC Maintenance: Knowing When You Need One

As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, that is why it is crucial to learn preventive maintenance tips to keep your HVAC system functioning properly. Preventive maintenance for your HVAC should be done at least once a year for your cooling system before the cooling season, and for your heating system before the heating season, and for both system in the spring and fall. The filters of your HVAC system must be checked, cleaned, or changed at least once a month to prevent high energy expenditure, and to prevent equipment damage.

Annual inspection is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance that must be performed one to two months before the start of the summer season. For taking care of your HVAC, you outdoor unit must be inspected and cleaned and perform the following tips: inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Clear the surrounding areas around your HVAC system, keeping the condensing unit free of debris, and you can trim plants and shrubs near your air conditioner to make sure there is proper air circulation. For your indoor units, you have to inspect and clean the blower assembly including the blower wheel, blower housing, and the motor; and lubricate older models and replace the belt as needed. It is crucial to also check your gas furnaces for any gas leak, and inspect and clean the burner assembly and make some adjustments as necessary. Inspection of the ignition system as well as safety controls is essential, and perform cleaning and adjustments as needed.

Progrmmable thermostat installation is important while you’re away or sleeping for reducing energy expenses by ten percent. While your HVAC system is operating, listen for abnormal sounds; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; measure low and high side system pressures; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. If you are looking for preventive maintenance services, Ventura HVAC Maintenance can help you, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details so we can help you extend the lifespan of your unit.

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