With proper maintenance and care, your heating and air conditioning equipment will operate economically and dependably. Here are a few simple, routine maintenance steps you can do to help ensure the best performance and comfort from your system.
Set the thermostat on “HEAT” and move the temperature setting above room
temperature. Listen for any unusual sounds and call Hovland’s for service if you
Inspect the blower compartment of your furnace or blower coil. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust, which can result in improper performance and low efficiency. Make sure that the coil is dry prior to vacuuming.
Remove clutter from around the furnace or blower coil. Items stored near the furnace are fire hazards. They may also obstruct combustion air supply. This could cause incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas. Your furnace or blower coil could be located in a closet, attic or basement. Removing clutter applies to your equipment no matter where it is located.
Replace the indoor unit’s air filter monthly. Dirty/plugged filters cause equipment to work harder, resulting in energy waste and possible internal damage. If you have a reusable/washable filter, make sure that it has completely dried prior to reinstalling.
Check the chimney or flue pipe connections for tightness, blockages or loose connections. Your gas furnace flue pipe must remain tightly connected and free of blockage for the furnace to operate correctly. If problems exist, contact Hovland’s to schedule the repairs.
Keep return registers/grilles clear of obstructions. The return register/grille must remain free of obstructions such as furniture, lint, dust or pet hair for the system to operate properly.
Clean humidifier reservoir regularly. If your home comfort system includes a humidifier, it may be necessary to clean the water reservoir to prevent mold or mildew buildup.
Trim brush and shrubbery near outdoor units to prevent airflow obstruction. It is
important to provide unrestricted airflow to the outdoor unit. Leaves, trash or
shrubs crowding the air conditioner or heat pump cause the unit to work harder and
use more energy. Also remove any debris that may have collected around the unit.
Clean outdoor coil. The outdoor coil on an air conditioner or heat pump can sometimes become obstructed by grass clippings, leaves, dust, etc. If this happens, using a garden hose, gently run water over the coil, removing unwanted obstructions.
Make sure outdoor unit remains level. Ground shifting or settling can cause an air conditioner or heat pump to sit in an uneven position. If this happens, re-level the unit to make sure water/moisture drains from the cabinet properly.
With proper maintenance and care, your heating and air conditioning equipment will operate economically and dependably.
Here are a few simple, routine maintenance steps you can do to help ensure the best performance and comfort from your system.
Safety First: before you perform any kind of maintenance, consider these important safety precautions.
Disconnect all electrical power to the unit before removing access panels to perform maintenance. Please note that there may be more than one power connection switch. Although most manufacturers take care to prevent sharp edges in the construction of our equipment, it’s best to be very careful when you handle parts or reach into units.
Change your air filter regularly. Check your filter every month, especially during the winter and summer months when your equipment is running the most. A standard air filter should be replaced at least every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. Dust and dirt that enters the equipment can also lead to expensive repairs and/or premature system failure. Installing a higher efficiency filter will not only clean the air more effectively, but will also improve airflow and help prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system.
Inspect your furnace’s combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not be operating properly or at its peak efficiency. Call Hovland’s and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.
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.
Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. Keeping grass clippings, leaves and shrubbery away from your outdoor unit will help prevent dirt and debris from getting into the system. Check the base pan (underneath the unit) occasionally and remove debris, to help the unit drain correctly. If the outdoor coil becomes dirty, flush with a garden hose to clean the surface. Contact Hovland’s to clean dirt that is lodged deep in the coil.
Make sure your outdoor unit stays in a level position. If the support for your 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 collects beneath the unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the equipment.
Keep area around furnace free from clutter. Your furnace or blower coil could be located in a closet, attic or basement. Removing clutter applies to your equipment no matter where it is located. Items stored near the furnace are fire hazards. They may also obstruct combustion air supply, resulting in incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas.
If your system is not running or functioning properly, here are some simple steps you can take to help isolate the problem, prior to calling for service:
Make sure the electrical disconnect switches are ON.
Replace any blown fuses or reset any tripped circuit breakers.
Make sure the thermostat temperature is set properly.
Heating – make sure thermostat system is set to HEAT and temperature selector is set above room temperature. On gas furnaces equipped with electronic ignition, turn thermostat to OFF. Wait five minutes then set the thermostat back to HEAT to reset the ignition system.
Cooling – make sure thermostat system is set to COOL and temperature selector is set below room temperature. To avoid short-cycling the compressor, do not turn the thermostat OFF and ON immediately – wait a few minutes to prevent damage to the compressor.
Fan – set FAN switch to ON for continuous blower operation or set to AUTO if you only want the blower to run when the unit is operating.
Check your air filter and clean or replace, if dirty.
Make sure all equipment access panels are reinstalled properly.
Check for sufficient airflow and make sure supply and return grilles are open and unobstructed.
Check furnace intake and exhaust vents to make certain they are clear.
Clear outdoor coil of debris
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