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 I knew the house was outdated.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.


Patching an Old HVAC System

How To Clean Air Returns And Registers

Mary Gonzalez

HVAC systems are going to need some TLC over the years. Not only should you have your system professionally serviced by a licensed HVAC technician on a regular basis, you also need to do your part to keep it up. That is, just having an HVAC tech come to your house once every two years is not enough.

Certain components require more frequent maintenance. However, these aren't necessarily time consuming or difficult jobs, they just need to be done more frequently. In fact, some people will go over five years without ever having their system serviced. If you do this, there is a very high chance that your system won't be running as efficiently as it could be. That is, you might be paying a lot of the extra money on your monthly utility bills. Just doing a few simple things on your own is almost certainly going to end up reducing your utility payments.

Clean the Air Returns and Registers

The air returns and registers are vital when it comes to the airflow and filtering systems in your home. That is, if they are not clean, not only will the air not flow well into your room, it will not be properly filtered. The returns actually suck air into the ducts where it is circulated into the furnace. So, if your air return is dirty, your furnace is going to have to filter out this dirty air. This ultimately means that your filter is going to get dirty very quickly. So, when you clean your air registers and returns, you should also replace your actual air filters.

Cleaning your registers and returns, as well as replacing air filters are simple jobs that don't require any special tools. In fact, the returns and registers can be removed from the wall with a handheld screwdriver. The filter can be taken out and replaced without any tools at all. To actually clean the components, you can use the wand attachment to your vacuum.

If you have metal registers that have gotten rusty over the years, you should also replace them. Rust is bound to get worse over time, so you might as well replace the return register completely while you have it removed from the wall. Most air registers are going to cost less than $20, so it is a cheap investment. Also, new air registers are going to be so much easier to open and close, making it much more convenient to control and adjust your airflow. For more information, contact companies like Brian's Heat and Air.