Things to remember
Lakes Region Mechanical - Residential Heating and Cooling
You should always consider these important safety precautions before performing any kind of maintenance…
1. Disconnect all electrical power to the unit before removing access panels to perform maintenance. **Note** there may be more than one power connection switch.
2. Although manufacturers do their best during production to prevent sharp edges within their equipment, please be very careful when you handle parts or reach into units and wear proper safety gear.
Routine Maintenance Tips:
- Filter Strain: Check furnace air filter or fan coil every 3 to 4 weeks. You do not want to cause excessive strain on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump which a dirty filter will do. Replace your filter when necessary, or clean it if you have the reusable type. (If you have a reusable filter, be sure it’s completely dry before you re-install it.) Clean the pre-filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner at least two or three times per year.
- Dusty Coil: Clean dust off of your indoor coil. With a vacuum cleaner and soft-brush attachment, you can remove any dust from the top and underside of the coil. Make sure you only do this when the coil is dry. If the coil just can’t get cleaned, call us for service.
- Free of Debris: Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. Things like grass clippings, leaves and shrubbery can adversely impact your outdoor unit, and keeping them away helps to maintain them so they operate properly. Occassionaly check under the unit (base pan) for debris to help the unit drain correctly.
- Dirty Coil: If the outdoor coil becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the surface. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact us for service.
- Good and Level: Make sure your outdoor unit stays in a level position. If the support for your split-system outdoor unit shifts or settles and the unit is no longer level, re-level it promptly to make sure moisture drains properly out of the unit. If you notice that water or ice collects beneath the unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the equipment. Inspect your furnace’s combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not operate properly or at its peak efficiency. Call us, and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.
- Clean, Clean, Clean: Clean your humidifier at the beginning of every heating season. Review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure to clean the external and internal components of your unit. The evaporator pad should also be replaced before each heating season. If the water in your area is hard or has high mineral content, you may need to clean or service your humidifier more frequently.
With the proper maintenance and care your home comfort equipment will operate economically and dependably for years to come. There are a few simple, routine maintenance operations you can do to help ensure the best performance and comfort from your system.
- Extended equipment life including compressors
- Reduced Operating Costs
- Customers Realize a Substantial Savings by Preventing a Major Breakdown
- Increased Equipment Efficiency and Productivity
- Reduced Refrigerant Loss
- Reduced Potential for Hazards Related to Refrigerant Leakage