How to Prevent HVAC Emergencies
Did you know there are measures you as a business owner/home owner can take to prevent HVAC emergencies from happening? Of course, accidents happen, so not everything is preventable 100% of the time. However, taking action now prevents emergencies happening later as much as possible. Here are some preventive measures you can take to keep those emergencies away.
Get Regular Maintenance
One of the most important things you can do for the health and longevity of your HVAC system is to get regular preventive maintenance on it. We recommend getting maintenance at least twice a year. Once before summer and once before winter. This way, everything is inspected and ready to go for the warm or cold months to come.
Regular maintenance not only keeps everything running smoothly, but it makes sure there aren’t any serious problems at bay too. The last thing you want is to encounter an issue the first week into a new season and be told you need a new HVAC system.
Get Problems Fixed As Soon As Possible
Another way to prevent HVAC emergencies is to get any issues you have fixed as soon as possible. Even if your HVAC system is experiencing something that isn’t necessarily an emergency, it’s still important to get a service call scheduled as soon as possible. There are numerous benefits of getting your HVAC system serviced sooner rather than later. In fact, there’s a whole section dedicated to it below!
Change Your Filters
Did you know that something as simple as a dirty filter might be the root cause of your emergency HVAC issues? Dirty HVAC filters cause a number of different problems. There’s fire hazards from the dense dust and dirt. There are also health hazards from the buildup of dirt, debris, and other bacteria. Not to mention, if you’re allergic to dust and haven’t changed your filter in months, you’re likely putting your body under a whole lot of unnecessary stress.
It’s recommended that you change your filters every 90 days to guarantee proper ventilation and airflow.
Test Your Entire HVAC System
This might seem like a gimme, but testing your entire HVAC system a couple times per year can prevent HVAC emergencies from happening. Furthermore, it can catch already existing issues you might not know about!
Part of testing your HVAC system includes performing a visual inspection of all its components. Look for dents, holes, or cracks in your furnace and all its coils. Make sure your air filters are changed and your vents don’t look clogged. Go outside and inspect your outdoor unit for cracks, animal waste, and any obstructions. Even doing this goes a long way towards preventing emergencies and prolonging the longevity of your whole HVAC system.
Ensure It’s Ready For Seasonal Changes
This tip goes hand in hand with the first tip, which is getting regular maintenance performed. Before turning your air conditioner on for the summer months or turning your furnace on in the winter months, it’s a good idea to make sure your HVAC system is ready to go before the turn of the season.
Recall the last time you had maintenance performed or fixes implemented. Has it been more than a year? Or maybe you haven’t at all? If you answered yes to either of those questions, it’s a good time to get your whole HVAC system professionally inspected.
Clean Your Vents and Ductwork
Cleaning your vents and ductwork is another way to prevent dangerous emergencies from occurring. You may be able to use a ladder and clean out your vents, or you may need professional help too. Professionals have extra tools and extensive experience cleaning vents and making sure there aren’t any blockages, but it can be expensive depending on how much ductwork you have. Performing the cleaning yourself is cheap, but you may not be able to get into all the areas you need.