Dowd Heat & Air Blog

Home  >  Blog 

HVAC Maintenance Tips

by | Nov 25, 2021 | Uncategorized

 

Your HVAC system is critical for the overall comfort of your home. However, for the system to work optimally, it must be maintained properly. The importance of HVAC maintenance is well documented. Besides enjoying lower energy bills, you stand to improve indoor air quality, boost indoor comfort levels and reduce safety risks like fire. So, how do you maintain your HVAC system properly? What HVAC service tips should you consider?

 

Don’t Skip HVAC Service

HVAC systems should be maintained annually. Major parts/components should be checked yearly. Check your air conditioner every spring and heating system/furnace every fall to ensure everything is working as it should when needed. Skipping maintenance increases the risk of malfunctions and attracts other problems like additional costs.

 

Watch for Abnormal Sounds and Poor Performance

While there are several signs to watch out for, HVAC malfunctions are usually depicted as abnormal thumping, grinding, rattling, or buzzing within the system. The HVAC system can also have weak airflow as well as fluctuating heating and cooling.

 

Replace the Air Filter

You can forget to change everything else in your HVAC system. However, don’t forget to change the air filter. HVAC air filters should be checked every one to three months and replaced if they are dirty or clogged. The frequency of replacement is also dictated by the no. occupants in the house, the presence of pets, and other factors like weather conditions. Homes with pets should get Tulsa HVAC service more regularly for obvious reasons.

 

Don’t Forget the Vents and Ductwork

Maintenance shouldn’t concentrate on the HVAC system itself. Vents accumulate dust and debris over time, interfering with airflow and compromising air quality. Ductwork can also accumulate debris and hinder proper airflow. Leaks can also develop on ductwork. You shouldn’t just change filters. The vents and ductwork need to be checked as well.

 

Clean the HVAC Condenser & Heat Pump

HVAC heat pumps and condensers also need cleaning to reduce the risk of damaging internal components. There should be zero dirt and debris on the sides and top of HVAC heat pumps, as this may force the system to overwork. The condenser should also be checked regularly to reduce the risk of breaking down.

 

Monitor Your Electricity Bill

A higher electricity bill can also be a sign of an HVAC that is malfunctioning. If you notice a gradual or sudden increase in your energy consumption when your usage hasn’t changed, your HVAC system may be to blame. A dirty filter, low refrigerant level, and duct leaks will all hike your energy consumption.

 

Consider Installing a New HVAC Unit

In some cases, it doesn’t make financial sense to keep maintaining your unit. For instance, a unit that is decades old will probably need replacement over regular service. To decide whether to replace or buy a new unit, talk to the best Tulsa HVAC company.

If you follow the above HVAC maintenance tips, you are bound to enjoy the benefits of HVAC maintenance mentioned above. The information shared above is about ensuring you “catch” HVAC problems before they become inconveniencing, costly, or a health hazard.

RELATED ARTICLES

Our Top Air Conditioning & Heating Blogs

5 Reasons Why You Need To Maintain Your Heating System

5 Reasons Why You Need To Maintain Your Heating System

You need a furnace or heating system to keep your home warm during cold weather. However, having a furnace is the first step. Research shows that most furnaces aren't operating optimally. Your furnace needs to stay in perfect working condition throughout. If you're...

Important Questions to Ask Your HVAC Contractor Before Hiring Them

Important Questions to Ask Your HVAC Contractor Before Hiring Them

  The North American HVAC industry is a $127.4 billion industry. It's, therefore, understandable why there are many bad players trying to cash in. Considering HVAC services are essential services, how do you identify the best HVAC contractors in Tulsa from the...

Furnace Maintenance Tips To Avoid Costly Repairs

Furnace Maintenance Tips To Avoid Costly Repairs

Experts charge $50 for repairing a furnace. However, this is just an estimate. The hourly rate for repairing a furnace might scale up to $150 per hour if the furnace is complex and requires hectic work. Getting a new furnace is expensive too. The average cost is...

Are You Looking for a Dependable HVAC Company?

We’ve got you covered. Call us at (918) 437-3721, or

OUR LONG LIST OF SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

Highly-Trusted and Backed By Our Customers

previous arrow
Ami Williams

...Grateful is too small for a word to use but describes best how I feel about Dowd Heat and Air.

“I’ve never experienced such honesty in a field where they could have not been. My a/c quit working, so they came out to look at it. I know nothing about a/c units whatsoever and I thought I was going to have to purchase a new unit. I was so surprised when the nice gentleman told me it just needed to be cleaned out. He was there 10 minutes and left. Grateful is too small for a word to use but describes best how I feel about Dowd Heat and Air.”

Ami Williams

Patricia Fisher

...We highly recommend Dowd Heat & Air.

“Dowd Heat and Air saved the day! They pretty much reinstalled our new unit that was installed incorrectly and made it right. Terry invested his time in explaining to us the problems and what he would do to fix them. Rusty and his team was professional, courteous and clean. They cleaned up so well, you couldn’t even tell they had been there. We highly recommend Dowd Heat & Air.”

Patricia Fisher

Butch Payton

...I would recommend Dowd heating and AC to anybody.

“We purchased a new hearing and air conditioning system a couple years ago, and let me just say that the installation went very smooth and was done very professionally and service after the fact has been the best!!! I would recommend Dowd heating and AC to anybody in need of a new system! Service is right on, thanks for the prompt professional job!!”

Butch Payton

Doug Longnecker

...I have nothing but good things to say about Dowd Heat & Air.

“Rick came out and fixed a shaking problem for me; in a very timely, and professional manner. I have nothing but good things to say about Dowd Heat & Air”

Doug Longnecker

Andrea B

...Dowd Heat & Air have been our go-to in the past couple of years.

“Great service and would highly recommend. They will even come out on a Sat. without the crazy fees. They have been our go-to in the past couple of years”

Andrea B.

next arrow