Heating Maintenance and Repair

With Proper Care, the System Will Provide Many Years of Enjoyable, Dependable Service

Your home is equipped with a high quality heating and air conditioning system that complies with local and state energy codes. With proper care, the system will provide many years of enjoyable, dependable service. Please read the instructions and become familiar with the heating and air conditioning system before you use it. You may also obtain information on your unit by calling the A/C company to send you a brochure on the unit.

Secure HVAC ducts

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning -- or HVAC -- duct should always be tightly secured to its connection. Otherwise neither the furnace nor the air conditioner will operate at its most energy-efficient level, meaning that you'll pay higher utility bills. If you can't repair it yourself, hire a qualified HVAC technician to do so.

Vapor wear

Vapor wear If the exterior vapor barrier on a heating, ventilation and air conditioning -- or HVAC -- duct is damaged, the insulation eventually will go too, making the entire system less energy-efficient and more costly to operate. If you can't make the repair yourself, hire a qualified HVAC technician to do the work. The end result will be increased utility expenses and decreased levels of comfort. The owner should replace this damaged duct work or hire a qualified HVAC person to recommend proper actions.

Approved gas line materials

Gas lines connected to home gas tanks should be made only of approved gas line materials. Copper is not one of them; gas can cause a copper line to deteriorate from the inside out. In such a case, a qualified company or contractor should be contacted to replace the line with a more appropriate material.

Plants and air conditioners

Plants around an air conditioner condenser should be cut back to allow at least three feet of clearance on each side and four feet of clearance above. This will help the air conditioner work most efficiently.

Replacing ceiling heaters

Many ceiling heaters are cheaper to replace than repair. Newer models also are more energy-efficient.

A/C condenser repairs

When repairs must be made on an air conditioning condenser unit, the unit must be shut off at the power disconnect point. If the power disconnect is not connected to the unit, a qualified electrician should be called in to make the re-connection.

Keep A/C condenser level on its slab

Water flowing from a temperature and pressure line with a defective valve is pushing this air conditioning condenser off its supporting slab. Once the valve is repaired or replaced, the condenser unit must be readjusted on the slab.

Keeping A/C lines clear

If the rear components of a

Vent stack heat build up

When the upper portion of a vent stack shows signs of excessive heat build-up, it could be the result of any number of potentially hazardous conditions. A qualified heating/air conditioning contractor should be contacted as soon as possible to deal with the problem.

Clean ceiling vents

A ceiling vent used to supply combustible air to such gas-fired appliances as water heaters and furnaces must be the appropriate size and cleared of any blockages in order to work properly.

Finding gas leaks

Home heating systems should be inspected at least once every two years for gas leaks and other problems. This will not only extend the life of the system but avert any potentially hazardous situation.

Keep condenser level

Air conditioning condensers are designed to rest in a level position. Most of the time handy homeowners can re-level their condenser units themselves.

Looking for A/C leaksl

If a minor leak develops at an air conditioner drain line, the connection may just be loose or it needs replacement. If replacement is warranted, a qualified air conditioning contractor should be called in.

Hail A/C fin damage

Air conditioning condenser units can be seriously damaged by hail, especially the fin portions of the unit. Such damage may be fixed by a handy homeowner; if the damage is too severe, a qualified air conditioning contractor should be called in.

Hail A/C fin damage

Air conditioning condenser units can be seriously damaged by hail, especially the fin portions of the unit. Such damage may be fixed by a handy homeowner; if the damage is too severe, a qualified air conditioning contractor should be called in.


Exhaust fans

Power fans are frequently necessary to aid ventilation of interior spaces of a house. When one fails to function, it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

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