If you use your unit more than normal or if your unit is older, your filter may need to be changed more often.
Many homeowners don’t really give their HVAC system a second thought until something goes wrong. However, regular maintenance is incredibly important for a well-working, energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. An annual tune-up conducted twice a year, once for heating and once for cooling, can help you enjoy better indoor comfort all year long.
If it’s been a while, or you’ve never had a tune-up on your HVAC system, there are a few things you can keep an eye out for that indicate that it’s time to schedule your maintenance service. Knowing these signs can help you take the necessary steps to ensure that your heating and air conditioning systems continue working at peak efficiency throughout the summer, winter, and whenever you need them most.
Check out some of the common signs that your HVAC system needs maintenance below, or call Green Apple Mechanical NJ for HVAC maintenance in the New Jersey area.
Unexplained Increases on Your Energy Bills
When you’re running your heater or air conditioner fairly consistently, during the middle of winter or the peak of summer, for example, it’s normal to see increases in your monthly energy bill. Higher energy costs are just one of the unavoidable things that come with using your HVAC system. However, if you notice unusually high costs or unexplained increases on your energy bill, it’s pretty likely that your system isn’t working as efficiently as it should. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg just to keep your home comfortable, and a properly working system typically won’t cause sudden increases in your bill. If you notice changes to your monthly energy costs, it’s probably time to schedule a tune-up. Our team at Green Apple can help you find out how you can see greater energy savings than ever before!
Little to No Air Flow
If you go to turn on your air conditioner only to find that there’s little or no air coming out of it, it’s time to schedule a tune-up. Poor airflow can be an indicator of a number of AC issues, so it’s best to have a Green Apple Mechanical professional technician check it out and provide a correct diagnosis. Whether the filter is clogged or the unit’s fan isn’t working, you’ll need reliable repairs in order to get your AC back up and running.
Loud, Unusual Noises Coming from Your Heater or AC
Don’t ignore that strange banging noise coming from your air conditioner or the unusual hissing emitting from your furnace. These and other loud, unexplained noises can be symptoms of a larger issue, and it’s best to address them early on to avoid serious breakdowns and major, costly AC or heater repairs. While it might seem minor, unusual noises coming from your HVAC system are almost always an indication that there’s something wrong with the system. Schedule a tune-up service as soon as possible.
Frequent, Recurring Problems & Repairs
Sometimes, heating and cooling systems don’t break down completely all at once. Instead, they might work sporadically or encounter frequent issues that seem to resolve themselves for a short period of time, only to recur at a later date. If you’re experiencing constant issues and lots of necessary repairs for the HVAC system, it’s probably a sign that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan. By scheduling a heating or cooling system tune-up, you allow a Green Apple professional technician to take a look at your entire HVAC system and determine the best course of action. It’s possible that your system merely needs a few minor adjustments, a couple of simple repairs, or even a complete replacement. In fact, if you find yourself dealing with a finicky heater or AC, you might want to consider a replacement just to save yourself the time, money, and hassle of constant breakdowns. No matter the case, you can rely on our honest, professional team of highly trained Green Apple HVAC technicians to provide you with the right recommendation for your comfort, safety, and budget.
Reduced HVAC Efficiency
One of the most common signs that you may need HVAC maintenance is lowered energy efficiency. How can you tell if your heater or air conditioner isn’t as efficient as it used to be? Higher energy bills are one common sign, along with longer running times and more frequent cycling. Does it seem like your AC now has to run all day just to provide the same level of comfort that it once did after running for only a few hours? Is your heater running all night just to keep the house warm? These could be indicators of reduced HVAC efficiency. Additionally, if you notice discrepancies between the thermostat reading and how warm or cool your home feels, you might have an efficiency problem.
Your HVAC System Is More than 10 Years Old
While the exact lifespan of a given heating or cooling system differs depending on a few factors, most HVAC systems are designed to last for about a decade. With proper maintenance, this lifespan can be dramatically increased. If you have an older home or older HVAC system, it’s probably a good time to schedule a tune-up.
It’s Been a Year or Longer Since Your Last Tune-Up
At Green Apple Mechanical, we recommend that home and business owners alike invest in annual maintenance services for their heating and cooling systems. If it’s been a year or longer since you last had a technician out for an HVAC tune-up, pick up the phone and give Green Apple Mechanical a call! We’ll provide you with the reliable maintenance service you need to ensure that your system lasts you a long time. Green Apple 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 needs call us today at 888-611-7191.
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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