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DIY HVAC Inspection: A Step By Step Guide

Jan 26

It's unbearable all the time when you aren't able to control the temperature or the air conditioner. An HVAC Oceanside inspection will help ensure that your system remains running.


Verifying the heating and air conditioning systems

HVAC systems are in a state of flux for the majority of us. If they're functioning, we love it; When it's not, we dislike it. A damaged HVAC system is a pain and expensive to repair or replace.


Like other things, it's less valuable once the HVAC system is installed. Certain people are lucky, and their HVAC system has been in good working order for many years, but this isn't the situation for most people.


Regular inspections can help prevent malfunctions and help keep your HVAC system functioning properly.


Follow these steps to perform your HVAC inspection.


1. Begin with temperature control.


Check that the thermostat is functioning properly to start. It is vital to ensure that both the cooling and heating systems function according to plan. Make use of a Q-tip to clean the thermostat.


2. Shut off the power.


Find the correct switch within your breaker box to stop power from the interior unit. The switch that is on the outside of the unit must be turned off. This is vital since you will be dismantling your unit shortly.


3. Remove any debris from the exterior of the unit


Using a screwdriver and an adjustable wrench, take the fan cage off the unit's top. Make use of a dry/wet vacuum to take any leaves or debris from the inside of the vehicle.


4. The fins are to be checked and repaired if necessary.


Make use of a spray hose and water to clean the fins. The pressure that is too high can cause damage, and using a pressure washer should not be recommended. A hardware store might carry fin-cleaning products for really dirty fins.


The fins must be straight to ensure the flow of air throughout the year. Use a butter knife to straighten the fins. Apply the fan cage back onto.


5. The area around the unit is completely free of clutter.


A common-sense rule of thumb is to keep shrubs and trees or any other vegetation at a minimum of 2 feet. To safeguard the unit from any debris that falls in winter, a piece of wood or plastic is recommended to cover it.


Beware of attracting rodents to the enclosure by covering it with a sheet since this could be an open invitation.


6. The unit needs to be set to a level.


Your outdoor HVAC unit's position might move over time, just as the foundation of your home. If your compressor isn't set in its place could cause it be damaged prematurely. If your unit isn't level, utilize shims with rot resistance to placing it to the right side.


7. It is important to wash the evaporator coil.


In at this moment. You can open the door to the internal unit's evaporator coil and clean it thoroughly. Then, clean the coil using the non-rinse cleaner readily available on the market. You must flush drain pans by using soap and hot water.


8. Check the drain of the evaporator.


Other issues and flooding can happen when the drain of the evaporator inside your unit gets blocked. Use a dry or wet vacuum to clear out any obstructions in the drainage.


9. Make sure to regularly replace the filter.


A blocked filter could be the reason behind an HVAC system failure. A dirty filter may do a lot of damage to your HVAC system if it isn't updated regularly. According to some experts, every one to three months is the best time to replace the filter. Some experts suggest each six-month period.


10. The End of the Road


Repair any leaks within the ductwork by using duct tape in the event that they are obvious. Most of your rooms have air vents. Utilize a flashlight for checking for any debris, such as mold or mouse feces.

AirTime Heating and Air Conditioning 

Oceanside, CA 

(760) 452-9414