HVAC Issues: When to DIY and When to Call the Pros
Homeowners in Monroe, North Carolina, want their HVAC system to run at peak performance year-round. When your system shows signs that something isn’t working correctly, the question is whether you can fix it or need to call a professional.
DIY Filter Changes
The filter is a critical component of your HVAC system. It stands between the clean air you breathe and allergens, dirt and dust particles. Change your filter every month.
Keeping the outdoor condenser clean is equally important to HVAC efficiency. If there’s dirt or debris built up around the condenser, remove it carefully. If you anticipate doing any landscaping such as adding hedges or plants near the condenser, you need to provide a free and clear two-foot perimeter around the unit. As a result, it’ll function properly.
DIY Insulation Upgrades
Insulation is another project you can do. The material is what keeps your home energy efficient. Whether the current insulation is old and needs upgrading, or the amount of insulation is insufficient, adding or replacing it supports the operation of the HVAC system. That because it keeps conditioned air inside and outdoor air from entering your home.
Even if you change the filter and keep the condenser free and clear, the HVAC system needs an annual tuneup by a trained comfort advisor. A complete tuneup will include a list of things to check and do. Some of the things on the checklist include:
- Calibrating the thermostat.
- Inspecting the ductwork for damage and leaks.
- Evaluating the coolant level.
- Cleaning the condenser coils.
- Checking belts.
- Inspecting the electrical writing.
If the HVAC system is making noises or has stopped operating, don’t open panels and attempt to repair the problem yourself. For one thing, you may damage the system more, resulting in costlier repairs. Also, if your system is under warranty and you fiddle with the components, you may void the warranty. Seek professional assistance.
Do you need an expert to take a closer look at your HVAC system? Contact Caryl Mechanicals Heating & Cooling to avoid problems stemming from DIY repairs.