How to be a Do-It-Yourselfer Instead of a Break-It-Yourselfer

HVAC System on a rooftop
April 25, 2017

Maybe you fashion yourself a Jack of all Trades, or the handiest of handymen. Either way, the most important skill to learn is when to attempt maintenance or a repair yourself, and when to call a professional.

When it comes to HVAC, there are a few tasks that you should be able to take care of yourself. Basic check-ups and maintenance should be done twice a year, Ideally in the fall and spring to ensure that your heating and air conditioning units are ready to go when the weather changes. Keeping your home at ideal temperature levels throughout the year will contribute to the longevity of your system. That means that your home should be set to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer while people or animals are in the home.

Here are a few things that it's okay to tackle yourself:

  1. Check your electrical connections and ensure that they are tight and there are no signs of wear. Use a voltmeter to ensure that the system is receiving the right amount of energy.
  2. Lubricate any moving parts to reduce wear and tear.
  3. Check the condensation drain for any blockages.

In the spring:

  1. Clean the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. When the coils are dirty, it takes longer to cool the home and uses more energy.
  2. Check the refrigerant level of your HVAC equipment.
  3. Check the blower components for any signs of obstruction.

In the fall:

  1. Check all connections for cracks or displaced connections. When your heating system isn't working properly, it can be dangerous to your family's health.
  2. Air filters should be replaced monthly (some may last 90 days) and checked frequently for dirt and dust. Dirty air filters can contribute to higher energy bills and can also create a fire hazard in your home.

While it's acceptable (if you're handy) to do some of the maintenance yourself, it's always advisable to leave more serious maintenance and any repairs to a certified technician like those at Mojave Air Conditioning. They can help put your mind at ease and keep your family safe.