Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, commonly referred to as an HVAC system, is a standard appliance for nearly every house in the United States. It’s what helps keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are three main types of HVAC systems:
- Standard Split Systems – These units have one part of the unit outside the house and one part inside the house – typically in a closet or attic. This system is the most popular residential HVAC system.
- Ductless Split Systems – These systems have an outside unit to treat the air and do not require air ducts. They’re ideal for controlling the air in a single room or in an addition to the house.
- Packaged Systems – These systems have all the major components in one cabinet that is indoors. These units are accessible in homes with basements.
Maintaining an HVAC system, no matter the type, can be stressful for some. Here are four things you need to know about your HVAC system:
- HVAC Systems will Typically Tell You What’s Wrong Before Malfunctioning
It’s always smart to keep an eye on your HVAC system. Mostly, this related to safety issues. Notice a strange smell or a dip in your air quality? There could be a problem with your unit. HVAC systems will start to make strange noises, overheat and smell when a big problem is coming. Be on the lookout for any of these signs. The faster you get an issue resolved, the more money and headaches you will save in the long-run.
- HVAC Systems Need Regular Maintenance
Just like your car needs to get inspected yearly and its oil changed every couple of months, an HVAC system needs the same amount of TLC. Replace your filter once a month. You also need to schedule twice-yearly maintenance – once in the spring and again in the fall. Doing these things will keep your HVAC running smoother longer and will lower high-ticket costs down the road.
- Air Conditioners SHOULDN’T Leak
Whenever an air conditioner leaks, most homeowners believe that this is something that can happen from time to time, and nothing is wrong with it – but that is not true. If your air conditioner is leaking, it is wise to schedule an appointment for someone to take a look at the issue.
- Most of the Time, Some HVAC Issues are an Electrical Problem
A common reason HVAC systems fail is due to an electrical issue – issues like blown fuses, tripped breakers and blown capacitors. These are common issues that don’t need to be stressed over.