HVAC How-To’s

Most people don’t think about their heating and cooling (HVAC) systems until they are experiencing issues. In order to stay ahead of potential issues, you should have your system inspected by professionals at least twice a year. However, there are a few DIY preventive measures and fixes you can do without the assistance of a pro if you run into an issue.

Change that filter

This is going to be the first thing every homeowner should know how to do! Whether your HVAC system is an oil-fired boiler or a heat pump, chances are it uses some form of a filter. Keep these filters clean and clear by replacing them every month. You don’t want to circulate dirt and debris, do you?

Check the thermostat

As it starts to get cooler outside and if your house is just not getting warm, this is often when a homeowner’s first instinct is to call an HVAC professional. However, sometimes all you need to do is make sure your thermostat is calibrated. Over time, this instrument can get out of tune, so stay on top of it. Pick up an inexpensive thermometer and see if it matches the temperature showing on your HVAC thermostat. If not, time to reset the thermostat according to your HVAC manufacturer’s instructions. This should do it!

Keep your AC and heating systems free of debris

If you have an outdoor unit, it is important to keep the system free of debris. Check your unit every week or so for leaves, pollen, dirt, sticks or other debris. Clear the debris from the top and sides of the system using gloves and, if necessary, a hose. This allows for maximum airflow to the fan and increases your unit’s efficiency and lifespan.

These are some of the simple HVAC repairs you can do to make sure you’re doing your part in keeping the system properly maintained. If you’re experiencing HVAC problems of any scope, the professionals at Rainaldi Home Services would love to help you. Give us a call at (407) 413-9795 or contact us online to schedule a tune-up.