HVAC Inspection Checklist To Do Before Thanksgiving Day

Nov 1, 2018 | Blog, Heating

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Preventive maintenance can be a no-brainer, but when things go wrong, it can turn into an even bigger chore. It’s ideal to have a trusted company who can do the repairs for you when things go wrong, but your own maintenance can prevent this. Instead of coming home after Thanksgiving to find a problem, schedule a preventive maintenance appointment with us or follow these DIY HVAC tips that will ensure your product is performing perfectly and efficiently. Not only is it good for your product, but it will also counteract the possibilities of unexpected costs.

Checklist

Here’s an HVAC inspection checklist you may want to dive into before enjoying your Thanksgiving:

Check The Thermostat

To ensure that your HVAC system is working properly, quickly check the basic functions. If they are correctly operating and make sure both the heating and cooling systems are off before leaving or things can get messy! When doing a thorough inspection, do not forget to turn off the circuit breakers that put power in both heating and cooling systems and leave them turned off until the inspection is finished.

Check Your Air Filter

Your filter is an essential part of your HVAC, make sure it’s well kept. There is varying information on how often it needs to be replaced, but the general consensus is that you should still check your filter every month. This will negatively affect its operations and may suffer pressure drop, resulting in no air infiltration at all. For those who have pets at home, it is preferable that you check it more frequently as they have odors that may build up in the area. Apart from this, exposing grimy filters to condensation will generally cause mold to grow in the area which can spread around your home. You will sometimes see signs of a dirty filter as it may be visible, but not all the time. Molds can cause a variety of health problems. Cleaning or replacing the filter often will prolong your HVAC’s lifespan. However, there are other factors that can affect this like your location and temperature, the size of your house and the air quality and ventilation inside your home.

Clean Up Your HVAC

Twigs, leaves, and dirt may get stuck in your HVAC. Make sure you check it and clean it up. Dirt affects the efficiency of your system. You may use a small portable vacuum in the meantime to get the job done. Ducts get dusty and we recommend cleaning them often. It can become a regular part of your house cleaning routine if you follow these 7 simple steps. Cleaning out your ducts will not only keep your HVAC running smoothly, but will also improve your air quality. Don’t forget about the area around your system as it needs cleaning as well!

Inspect Base Pan, Coil, Cabinet, and Fan Blades

Understanding how the base pan plays within your air conditioner is important. One of the main causes why the base pan may be filled with water is a clogged drain pipe. For the coil and cabinet, it is necessary that you check around for clogs because this will disrupt the airflow and can affect the performance of your air conditioner. This keeps it working properly and allows efficiency in energy. Check for unnecessary noises and squeaks during your manual inspection on movable parts of the HVAC system. Keep in mind to inspect for gas leaks if it is the item you’re using to run your furnace and check the burners if there are any discolorations in the area. This allows you to spend the day out while minimising the risks of repairs when you get back from vacation.

Check Every Electrical Connection

Are there knots on the connections? Be sure to get this fixed in order to prevent electric shortages and for your home’s safety. Do a thorough inspection for the wirings installed and report any disruptions immediately. Do not ignore precautionary measures for this specific electrical installation. Read a manual or do your research, having the proper equipment is an advantage or find an expert technician for the job and consider the costs that you may meet in the process. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with these to prevent fire, possible surges, and shocks.   Sounds easy, right? Now you can enjoy the holidays without worrying! In an event that there are repairs needed in your HVAC system, do not make any repairs by yourself as your product may still have its warranty and doing so may void it. HVAC requires a certified technician to recharge and repair it. Stay safe and have a pleasant Thanksgiving this year with peace of mind. For more information, or to schedule routine maintenance with us, click here.