As seasons change from hot to cold in the Dallas area, residents turn on their furnaces to stay warm. The last thing you want on a blustery winter morning is cold air blowing through your home because your furnace will not start. There are several things you can do to keep your HVAC system in good working order and reduce the incidence of HVAC repairs.
1. Change the Air Filter
The primary reason a heating and air conditioning unit stops working is because of a dirty air filter. Filters trap airborne pollutants and prevent them from entering the system. Dirty filters cause a unit to work harder, overtaxing the compressor. Eventually, the system stops working. Homeowners can usually clean or replace filters themselves. If the filter is difficult to access, ask your HVAC contractor for assistance.
2. Have Regular Tune-Ups
Regular tune-ups by a certified HVAC technician examine all elements of an HVAC system:
- Clean condensate pan and tubing
- Oil all moving parts
- Examine furnace plenum and housing
- Clean or replace air filter
- Check electrical connections
- Ensure unit cycles properly
- Calibrate thermostat
- Check refrigerant
- Examine ducts for leaks
Minor problems can usually be corrected easily and inexpensively. A tune-up in the fall for the furnace and the spring for the air conditioner can cut energy costs by up to 30 percent, which also saves money on utilities.
3. Check Ducts
If you have high energy bills or find that the HVAC system doesn’t provide a comfortable indoor environment, leaking ducts may be the problem. Leaking ducts typically lose up to 30 percent of conditioned air. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve efficiency by at least 20 percent.
4. Consider Installing a New Unit
If your unit is well-maintained but is more than 10 years old and needs to be frequently repaired, it may be more cost-effective to replace it. Allstars Electric Heating & Air Conditioning provide new installations, maintenance, and repairs in a five-county area around Dallas. Our certified technicians work on all makes and models of HVAC equipment.
If you need HVAC repairs, maintenance or are considering replacing your unit, call us to speak with a technician. We are available for emergency repairs 24 hours a day throughout the year.