Patching an Old HVAC System
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Patching an Old HVAC System

When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.

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Patching an Old HVAC System

HVAC Cleaning And Maintenance

Mary Gonzalez

Your heating, air conditioning and ventilation system is one of the most easily overlooked parts of your home, mostly because it's kept out of sight through the concerted effort of builders. Just like the rest of your house, though, keeping this system clean is an important part of regular household upkeep. You wouldn't keep food in a dirty refrigerator, so don't keep cycling your air through dirty HVAC system. 

Heating

While its primary purpose is generating hot air, your furnace is the workhorse of your HVAC system. In addition to heating coils, it also houses the forced air fan that drives the whole system. The internal components of your furnace need to be checked regularly and cleaned of any dust, debris or gunk that might build up over the course of the year.

Cooling

It might be outside, but that doesn't mean the heat pump that handles the cooling of your home should be neglected on cleaning day. Since it is exposed to the elements, your heat pump is at risk of developing rust, becoming overgrown by grass and weeds, or simply having its radiator fins gummed up with pollen, dust or other airborne detritus. In addition, your heat pump also houses your HVAC's freon supply, which should be checked any time your system is inspected.

Ventilation

No matter how efficient and clean the rest of your HVAC system is, poor maintenance or a lack of cleaning can leave blockages in your ventilation system. Professional cleaning will remove these blockages, and clear debris that might otherwise end up in the air you're breathing. Replacing your air filter monthly will help, but if other parts of your HVAC system are packed with dust and particulate this will end up more like putting a bandage on a bullet wound.

Coming Together

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter puts a huge strain on your entire HVAC system. It's designed to take this wear and tear, but periodic maintenance will ensure that no unscheduled breakdowns ruin your week or force you out of your home. During this maintenance visit, ask that your contractor (such as one from Capital Heating & Cooling) include a cleaning service to make sure that you're getting the most out of your entire HVAC system.

Don't limit cleaning or maintenance to just one part of your HVAC system either, as this can place greater strains on other components. When all of the different parts are working at peak efficiency you'll see the results in your level of comfort and your energy bills each year. A clean HVAC system will heat and cool more effectively, and run more efficiently, regardless of what season it is.


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