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HVAC Maintenance: Changing Your Air Filter

Having a home requires a lot of maintenance, and one of the areas that require upkeep is your HVAC system. When not properly maintained, your system can become inefficient and have poor performance. One task that you can take on to help your HVAC system is to change the air filter.

Your HVAC System

Every HVAC system has an air filter that filters out larger airborne particles that can clog the machinery in your system. A dirty air filter can lead to poor airflow or even a lack of air infiltration altogether. A clogged filter can also cause your system to work harder at heating or cooling, leading to increased energy bills and possibly future repairs. Your air filter needs to be replaced or cleaned periodically, as often as once every three months. If you run your system regularly, have pets, or live in a dusty climate, you may need to change the filter more frequently.

Locate the Filter

Your air filter is located just behind the return air intake vent, which is usually a huge vent. If you have a larger home, you may have multiple return air intakes. There are usually a couple of clips at the top of the vent that you release to open, and you should see a large filter just behind the vent.

Measure the Filter

Not all filters are the same, so when you are shopping for a replacement, it’s important to find the right fit. Take the old filter out and measure it. Do this for all of the filters in your house, as they may not all be the same size.

Once you know what size to buy, go to any hardware store to find a replacement. There are one-month and three-month options, as well as washable filters. Your HVAC manual will have a filter recommendation.

Seasonal Maintenance

Don’t live with an inefficient HVAC system—check your filters regularly and replace as needed for optimal performance. If you need help, you can always contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling and our knowledgeable staff can assist you with your system.

 

 

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5 Common HVAC Problems to Check For

Diagnosing Your Own HVAC Issues

Working in the business for over 30 years has taught me a thing or two about HVAC companies. Some will only try to sell you new equipment even when your old HVAC system just needs minor repairs. While it’s certainly sometimes the right choice to upgrade your HVAC system if it’s bleeding you dry each month on your utility bills, sometimes all you need is a small repair. If your HVAC system doesn’t seem to be working properly, there are a few things that you can check.

Senior male reaching up to open filter holder for air conditioning filter in ceiling

Refrigerant Leaks

What you’re looking for here is an air conditioner that seems to be blowing out warmer air. Most of the time, when that happens, it’s simply a refrigerant leak. While it’s not a major issue, it’s something that you want to have repaired because it will force the condenser to work harder and shorten the life of the HVAC system.

Compressor and Fan Failure

When your air conditioner seems not to be adequately blowing out air, this indicates a problem in the electrical wiring. In some instances, the wires have begun to corrode, and this will happen with older units, or units that are powered on and off frequently. It can be fixed without scrapping the unit.

Dirty Filters

If you notice your energy bill seems to be going up, or the quality of your air appears to be going down, one place to look is the filters. Filters should be changed once a month because the system will have to work extra hard to cool the room. A dirty filter will result in more wear and tear and higher energy bills.

Drainage Issues

If the condensation pump breaks, you may notice water pooling within or around the HVAC unit. This pooling could result in water damage to your home, and it also forces the unit to work harder making it less efficient.

Sensor Malfunctions

The thermostat triggers the HVAC system, so if the thermostat isn’t working properly, it could mean your HVAC system doesn’t know if it’s supposed to be cooling the house or warming the house. Obviously, this is bad because now you don’t have a functioning HVAC system. On the other hand, it’s easily repaired.

Our techs don’t get paid to make sales, they get paid to repair HVAC systems. So if you’re not looking to be sold a brand new unit when all you need is a minor repair contact our client specialists and let us help make your home comfortable again!