As we approach another scorching summer, take a minute to schedule an HVAC maintenance and inspection service from R.A. Dobson. Doing so can extend your system’s lifespan and keep it functioning throughout the year’s hottest months. A few further practices—such as installing a high-quality filter, giving your unit clearance space, and keeping your home’s registers open—will ensure you get the best performance from your HVAC system.
R.A. Dobson is a 2nd-generation, family-run organization and a stalwart service provider for folks in Ashburn, VA. Our technicians are enthusiastic about their work because they know it supports everyday homeowners and families. Moreover, all our employees carry licenses and insurance to guarantee we deliver on our promises. Call (703) 481-3700 or visit our website to schedule a service appointment today!
Here, we outline some tips on how to protect your HVAC’s functioning:
1. Install a High-Performance Filter and Check it Monthly
Should it start operating less effectively than it once did, or do so at a higher cost, your HVAC may require repair or replacement. That said, a simple filter replacement may be the solution. Consult a professional and ask about a high-performance air filter.
The market’s new and improved filters outperform those made decades ago. Recent models have allergen reduction capabilities, enhanced materials, and high-efficiency ratings. Both you and your HVAC system can benefit from installing one.
No matter what quality filter you have, check it every month. If its surface appears dirty or stained, it requires replacement. Additionally, homeowners with pets that shed often may need to change their filter monthly. If you are unsure whether to replace your system’s filter, contact R.A. Dobson for a professional HVAC inspection.
2. Provide Ample Clearance and Clear Debris
While you need not know every aspect and component of your HVAC system, you should recognize whether it has indoor and outdoor elements (as opposed to a window unit). Central HVAC system parts include air ducts, an indoor evaporator unit, and an outdoor condenser unit. These constituents require simple care.
To start, evaporators and condensers require ample open space. Thus, leave no objects or belongings leaning on these units. Likewise, avoid planting trees or shrubs around the condenser. In general, two feet of clearance is sufficient.
Furthermore, remove any detritus that land on these units. Condensers, in particular, tend to collect leaves, sticks, and other debris from their surrounding environment. Some quick cleaning will keep them clear and functioning.
3. Keep an Eye on Refrigerant Lines’ Insulation
Refrigerant lines are another crucial element of central HVAC systems’ functioning. They carry refrigerant fluid into evaporators, where the liquid pulls heat from interior air. That said, these lines should be insulated and intact to preserve their cooling capabilities. Missing insulation—or a broken line—will hamper your HVAC system’s efficacy.
If you notice a problem with your lines, contact R.A. Dobson for maintenance services. We can correct the problem and ensure your system continues to run without a hitch.
4. Make Sure Your Condenser Unit Remains Level
Although it may sound a bit silly considering the bulkiness of condensers, ensure your unit remains balanced. While evaporators sit inside a stable environment with little risk of tilting, condensers may lean due to outdoor conditions.
A technician can help you check that your unit sits on level ground (without any breaching tree roots) and may offer pads to solidify its stance.
5. Keep Your Home’s Registers Open as Much as Possible
Central HVAC systems have registers at the end of air ducts to give a building’s occupants control over the air that enters a room. Closing one register prevents cool air from penetrating a given space. However, closing the majority of a home’s registers can strain the system. Rather than doing so, consider adjusting your interior temperature.
HVAC Maintenance Services Available to Homeowners in Middleburg, VA
Keep your home safe and comfortable by investing in professional HVAC maintenance and repair services from R.A. Dobson. We supply these and further indoor climate services to homeowners throughout the Middleburg, VA, region. Our technicians aim to provide high-quality services and top-performing products to everyday families. Call us at (703) 481-3700 or visit our website for more HVAC information!