Heating & Cooling Do-It-Yourself Tips
With proper maintenance and care, your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems will operate dependably for many years. There are several maintenance items that you can do yourself to help ensure the best performance while saving money.
Check the air filter in your furnace or fan coil each month. A dirty filter will cause excessive wear on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump. Replace your filter when necessary, or clean it if you have the reusable type. If you have the reusable type filter, make sure it is completely dry before you reinstall it.
Failure to comply with all manufacturer instructions may result in fire or combustion that can cause property damage, serious injury, or death. Before you perform any kind of maintenance, disconnect all electrical power to the unit before removing access panels; and be alert for sharp edges when handling parts or reaching into units. If performing maintenance not included in the list below, check with a Hartley’s Climate Control representative to determine if the service will void manufacturer warranties and guarantees. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from your outdoor unit, it should only require minimal care. Check the base pan (under the unit) occasionally and remove debris to help the unit drain properly.
Clean your humidifier at the beginning of every heating season. Review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure to clean the evaporator pad and external components.
Make sure your outdoor coil stays in a level position. If the support for your outdoor coil shifts or settles and the unit is no longer level, re-level it to make sure moisture drains properly out from under the unit.
Inspect your furnace combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not operate properly or at its peak efficiency. Call Hartley’s Climate Control and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.
Clean Air Cleaner
The pre-filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner should be cleaned at least two or three times per year.
If the exterior of your outdoor coil becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the surface. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact a Hartley’s Climate Control representative to schedule maintenance.