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The HVAC Inspection Checklist: Why Is It So Important?

Jan 26

You aren't able to turn on your heat or air conditioner all year. An HVAC Oceanside inspection can ensure that your system is always functioning.


Verifying the heating and air conditioning systems

The majority of people consider HVAC systems to be a mixed bag. If they're functioning well, we are thrilled; when it's not, we despise it. An HVAC system that's not operating properly can be very frustrating and costly to repair or replace.


As with other needs when the HVAC system is put in place its value of it begins to decrease. Certain people are lucky, and their HVAC has been in good working order for a long time; however, it's not the case for most people.


It's good that frequent checks can prevent any malfunctions and keep your HVAC system in good working order.


Follow these steps to perform your HVAC inspection.


1. Begin by adjusting the temperature.


First, check that the thermostat functions correctly. It is essential to make sure that both heating and cooling devices work in the way you expect. With a Q-tip thoroughly clean the thermostat.


2. Switch off the power.


Turn off the power to the inside unit by finding the appropriate switch inside the breakers box. The switch on the outside of the unit must be shut off. This is critical because you'll be dismantling the unit shortly.


3. Get rid of all debris and dirt from the outside of the unit


Use a screwdriver fitted with an adjustable wrench for removing the fan cage. Take any remaining particles or leaves from the interior of the vehicle using a dry or wet vacuum.


4. If needed, inspect and repair the fins.


To clean the fins make use of a spray hose to get them saturated with water that is drained from the inside of the unit. The pressure of high pressure could cause damage, and using a pressure washer should not be suggested. For really filthy fins, a hardware store can offer fin-cleaning spray.


To ensure an efficient flow of air throughout the year, the fins must be straight. Straighten the fins using a butter knife or a fin-straightening machine. Attach the fan cage.


5. Clean the area around your unit.


The need to keep a 2-foot-wide space free of shrubs, trees, and other vegetation is a good general rule of thumb. A piece of plywood or plastic should be placed on top of the device to guard the unit against debris falling onto it during the winter seasons.


Avoid enticing rodents inside the unit by covering it in order to create an open invitation.


6. The unit should be leveled.


The location of your outside HVAC unit might change with time, much like the foundation of your house. A compressor that is not in a level position could cause it to fail early. If the unit isn't level, make use of rot-resistant shims to elevate it to the right.


7. It is essential to wash the coil of evaporation.


Begin at this point. Unlock the evaporator coil within your unit and then clean it. Then, apply the no-rinse coil cleaner that is available on the counter. The drain pans should be flushed with soapy water and hot water.


8. Verify the drain of the evaporator.


Flooding and other problems can occur if the evaporator drain in your unit's interior becomes blocked. Clear the drain of any obstructions blocking the passage of runoff water by using a dry and wet vacuum.


9. Replace the filter frequently


A clogged filter is the reason for an HVAC system failure. Filters that are dirty can cause the most harm to your HVAC system if it's not updated frequently. According to some experts, every one to three months is the most suitable time to replace your filter. Others recommend each six-month period.


10. The End of the Road


If you notice any leaks in your ductwork, repair them with the help of duct tape. Nearly all your rooms are equipped with air vents. Utilizing a flashlight, examine every single one for debris, including mouse feces and mold.

AirTime Heating and Air Conditioning 

Oceanside, CA 

(760) 452-9414