The snow is melting and warmer temperatures are around the corner. Spring is in the air. Just because you’ve made it out of winter doesn’t mean that you won’t have more HVAC issues to contend with. This Spring HVAC checklist for homeowners will help you get ready for the season ahead and make sure that you don’t encounter any breakdowns or headaches.
Replace all filters
All home HVAC systems are going to have filters or screens meant to keep harmful air particles out of the system. If you don’t change your filter, then the buildup is going to get into the system and make it run less efficiently and take years off its life. Since spring is a time full of dust and pollen, now is the time to change the filter. If you have a central system or ACs, change them all now.
Clean up around the outside of the home
Raking the yard of the debris left from winter is a great idea, but that’s not what we are talking about. We just mean cleaning out your gutters, cleaning around your outdoor HVAC units, and making sure none of the vents are clogged up. Who knows what got in there during the cold season? Keeping your home properly ventilated is one of the best HVAC tips you’ll ever get.
Get your ducts cleaned
Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean get rid of all of your junk, it means cleaning out your ductwork. Dirty vents and ducts can lead to bad allergies, poor system performance, and higher energy bills. Get them cleaned before the season gets in full gear.
Remember that just because winter is over doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. Home maintenance is a year-long job. This spring HVAC checklist is a great start, and will cover all of the major issues you will encounter. Remember that a preventative maintenance checkup from the professionals is the best way to save money on your HVAC each year, so don’t hesitate to contact us for all your HVAC maintenance needs.
Issues with your heating or air conditioning can cost a lot of money, especially if they happen unexpectedly. It is best to do everything you can to avoid emergencies, but sometimes even with the utmost precaution you can still find yourself in a tight situation. These are the most common HVAC problems that cost the most. We recommend getting preventative maintenance on your system regularly to try and avoid paying big bills.
No heat from the furnace
When your furnace simply quits on you, it can be a nightmare. This is never more true than in the dead of the Ontario winter. It could be for a number of reasons, a few being:
- frozen pipes
- electronic malfunction
- pilot light out
- lack of fuel
Regardless of the reason why your heat isn’t flowing, it is going to be a big problem. Spending just one day without heat can make life really uncomfortable. A professional team will need to come make emergency repairs and assess the damage. Sometimes it results in complete replacement. Your best bet is to have a professional inspect it yearly and to upgrade every 5 years to the most recent model. Even then, emergencies may still occur.
Your boiler is the heart and soul of your HVAC system and is responsible for making sure you have hot water. Unlike a furnace breakdown that could be for several different reasons, boiler breakdowns are usually age mechanics-related. When you don’t have hot water, you won’t be able to do all of the things you took for granted like take showers, wash the dishes, or even clean your hands. Having a routine maintenance schedule is a great way to make sure your boiler’s pipes are working properly and that it isn’t breaking down due to age.
Your home’s fridge is probably the most used appliance. It is always on and always working hard to keep your food edible. If you have a leak in the line, or the fridge stops working for some other reason, it will not only cost you money in terms of repairs or replacements, but it will also waste the food that you have inside if you don’t salvage it. Getting an inspection from a professional or even keeping an eye out yourself for leaks behind the appliance or wiring issues could go a long way in saving your from this costly HVAC emergency.
Regardless of the emergency, a team of trained HVAC technicians can be your saving grace. The professionals at Premier Heating and Cooling will do whatever it takes to get your system working again. Issues with your furnace, boiler, or refrigerator are the common HVAC problems that will cost you the most money, so make sure to get regular preventative maintenance to ensure that they don’t arise.