We at GIV HVAC are professionals in the industry serving Reseda, Encino, North Hills and beyond. We know what it takes to keep an air conditioner running its best. In fact we are asked all the time for tips on how to make the unit run more efficiently, avoid repairs, and when it’s time to replace. Below we will give you our best AC maintenance tips from a Reseda pro.
1. Change Your Air Filters
We can’t stress this tip enough. Think of your HVAC filters as the “oil change” for your unit, that is just as important as the one for your vehicle. Just as clean oil helps your car’s engine run smoothly, a new air filter helps keep all sorts of contaminants from entering your unit. These contaminants can be hazardous, bad for air quality, and can ultimately damage the unit. The general recommendation is to change the air filter every six months. However, we recommend every one to three months depending on usage. Trust us, the cost of all the new air filters will be offset if it helps you avoid just one repair.
2. Get Your Unit Maintained at Least Once a Year
Now that your air filter is regularly being replaced, it’s time to address the rest of the unit. There are tons of other maintenance tasks to be performed on all sorts of cooling and heating units that cannot be done by the laymen. You need special equipment and know how to do so. HVAC maintenance can include:
- Refrigerant level check.
- Leak detection.
- Testing and verification of electrical connections.
- Testing and checking of major components such as compressor, evaporator, etc.
- And many others.
3. When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?
Many of today’s HVAC systems are designed to last a long time. They often come with ten year warranties that can cover a range of issues. Be sure to consult your unit’s warranty should it need a repair or replace to see if it is covered. You may look up your unit’s warranty if you don’t have the information handy. For example, those of you with Trane models can click here to register your unit or look up your warranty information. You will need your serial number, and in the case of registration, serial number, installation date, and dealer name.
Many units have an operating life of 10 to 15 years. If you find you are needing more and more repairs, you may be in need of a new unit. Be sure to contact several HVAC professionals in your area to get a professional opinion and estimates in order to make an informed decision.
More AC Maintenance Tips From a Reseda Pro With Same Day Service
Finally, these are just some of the tips you can follow to improve the performance of any HVAC system. Be sure to contact a trusted provider in your own area who can provide you with professional, honest AC maintenance who will stand behind their work. Feel free to contact us to get same day AC service for all of Northridge, Encino, and Reseda and the surrounding areas.