Over half of all new HVAC systems are improperly installed, which leads to reduced efficiency and shortened lifespans.
When it comes to comfort in your home, few systems are more important than your central air conditioner.
When deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioning unit, the first consideration should be its age.
The sun’s peeking through the clouds. The flowers are beginning to bloom. And the temperature’s rising. It’s time to end your air conditioner’s hibernation and ensure it’s in tip-top shape for the hotter days ahead. Routine A/C maintenance can save you money and headaches from having to deal with untimely air conditioner repair.
Follow these HVAC tips to ensure your unit works on that first hot day of the year.
What’s the Best Time of Year to Service Your A/C Unit?
Green Apple Mechanical suggests performing an air conditioning service once a year (the same goes for heating). Spring is the best time. However, to ensure your system continues to work efficiently, you need to do some regular maintenance.
Ways to Service Your Air Conditioner Yourself
Luckily, you don’t always need a Green Apple Mechanical professional to perform an air conditioner checkup. There are a few things you can DIY before calling an expert.
1. Change the air filter.
Changing the air filter is one of the most important and easiest ways to take care of your unit whether it’s a central HVAC system or a ductless air conditioner. Thankfully, you don’t necessarily need a Green Apple Mechanical professional for this quick and easy air conditioning maintenance task. Simply locate your unit’s filter slot, slide out the old filter, and insert the new one, taking note of the direction of the airflow and which side of the filter needs to face out. Be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for correct filter size and steps for properly replacing the filter.
Wondering which type to buy and how often to change the air filter? Filters come in different “strengths,” depending on how filtered you want the air to be in your home. And generally, you should replace the air filter about every three months.
However, if you have pets, you may consider replacing the filter every month as well as purchasing a filter with a higher rating the higher the number, the more it filters the air. The same rule applies if you have family members that may be sensitive to dust and other allergens.
2. Do some spring cleaning.
The new filter is in, so it’s time to check a few more items off your DIY A/C maintenance list. First, make sure all the indoor vents are clean. Next, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain of the outside unit to prevent mold and algae buildup. Then, ensure the unit
is on a level surface.
doesn’t have any debris, such as leaves, pollen, or twigs, clogging it up.
has at least two feet of clearance around it.
has the proper amount of good-quality insulation around the refrigerant lines.
Note: For safety reasons, this home air conditioning service step should be done without attempting to open the outside unit. If you can’t get it clean without taking it apart, call on a Green Apple Mechanical professional to do the dirty work.
4. Assess your A/C’s performance.
After you’ve assessed the outside appearance of your home air conditioning unit, it’s time to take into account his performance. Crank it up and see how it fares. Determine if your home is getting cooler, if the unit is quiet, and if it appears to be performing normally overall.
Note: The first time you turn it on, you may notice a smell. That’s simply the air conditioner’s way of clearing out the dust that may have settled since the last time you ran the unit. It should dissipate shortly.
When to Let the Professionals Perform Your Air Conditioner Service
Perhaps you’ve turned the unit on, and you hear an odd noise coming from it. Or worse, it’s not actually blowing cool air. That means it’s time to call in the Green Apple Mechanical professionals and the earlier, the better. Green Apple Mechanical has been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call today at 888-611-7191
One of the most important parts of homeownership is HVAC maintenance.
A new furnace installation is a big investment. Because of this, many homeowners in New Jersey, look for ways to extend the life of their heating systems. Preventative maintenance is key to making it last longer. Keep reading to learn tips and tricks for making your furnace last longer than its standard life cycle.
How Long Should a Furnace Last?
The average furnace has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Systems lasting this long have had regular preventive maintenance performed on them. Most furnace parts won’t last the full life cycle, so repairs and parts replacements are common. In most instances, they’re cheaper than replacing the entire unit. An exception to this is when the heat exchanger goes bad, as this is the most expensive part of a furnace.
Schedule a Furnace Tune-up
Tune-ups and timely maintenance are crucial to the lifespan of your heating system. Our Green Apple HVAC specialists will inspect the heating unit for damaged parts and clean the system. We can also inspect and clean your ductwork as needed. Cleaning the system improves heating efficiency and extends the life of the furnace. It also improves the air quality in your home by reducing the amount of dust and dirt in the air.
Contact us any time you notice the furnace isn’t operating as you think it should. Letting the system run with worn or damaged parts can significantly impede its ability to run efficiently and reduce its lifespan.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Another simple way to extend the life of your furnace is to install a programmable thermostat. This type of thermostat allows you to create a schedule for the heating system. During the times of the day or night when you’re not home, program the thermostat to a more moderate temperature depending on the season. As a result, you’ll be able to save money on heating expenses and reduce wear and tear on the heating system. You can even consider a wi-fi thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature when you’re away from home via your smartphone.
Change the Furnace Filter
Extending the life of your furnace starts with changing the filter regularly. Instead of waiting a full 90 days before changing the filter, inspect it every 45 days to see if it’s dirty. This is important for making the furnace last longer. In homes with indoor pets, changing the filter once every 30 days is highly recommended. Vacuuming air registers once a week to remove pet hair can also extend the life of the heating system.
Use the Right Furnace Filter
In addition to changing the filter regularly, it’s important to use the right one. If you’re using a filter not designed for your heating system, your furnace may endure unnecessary wear and tear. For example, most systems aren’t compatible with HEPA filters. Our Green Apple Mechanical experienced service technicians can perform a simple assessment of your heating system and recommend the right filter for it.
Fix Air Leaks Around Your Home
Another important way to make your heating system last longer than its life cycle is to fix air leaks. That’s because air leaks allow warm air to escape from the ductwork. As a result, the furnace works harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. This puts extra wear and tear on the system, which can lead to more frequent breakdowns and higher energy bills.
Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ specializes in a variety of heating system repair, installation, and maintenance services. We have years of experience in helping people extend the life of their HVAC units. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call today toll free at 888-611-7191
It is very essential that you take good care of your roofing system, home siding as well as HVAC systems and inspect them regularly.
As every New Jersey homeowner knows, New Jersey winters can bring unpredictable weather.
While it may be tempting to try and resolve the problem on your own, there’s a chance that you could make matters worse especially if you do not have the proper training and experience.
While your furnace is designed to have a long, useful life, there is a chance that something will go wrong with it. In a lot of instances, a furnace problem is relatively easy to fix.