Becoming a first-time homeowner can bring about a full range of emotions. Along with the pride of ownership, most first-time homeowners may feel the weight of the responsibility for maintaining, repairing, and replacing the systems, components, and structures that make up the home they have just purchased.
One of the systems they must learn to maintain is the central air conditioning system. First-time homeowners who want to learn the basics of servicing their A/C system can use this information to get off to a good start.
Pro or DIY?
One of the first questions a new homeowner may have about servicing their home's AC system is whether to use a professional or opt for the DIY method. The best answer is usually a combination of both professional servicing and regular do-it-yourself tasks.
To begin, homeowners can learn to change the filters as directed in the owner's manual. In addition, homeowners should take on the responsibility of keeping the inside and outside components clean and free of dust and debris, and stay alert for any visual, audible, or operational signs that a problem may be developing.
In addition to the DIY efforts of the homeowner, it will be important to also have the air conditioning system professionally serviced and inspected on a regular basis. When an experienced HVAC technician services a residential air conditioning system, they thoroughly examine components for wear or damage so that replacements can be made before a complete cooling failure can occur.
DIY servicing tasks, including filter changes and removing dust and debris, performed by the homeowner are important for ensuring that the system is able to perform as efficiently as possible. In most instances, changing the filter regularly and removing lawn clippings, fallen leaves, and other debris as needed is a good plan. Likewise, professional servicing of the home air conditioning system is best done during the offseason to ensure that any repair issues will not take the system offline during hot, humid weather.
Homeowners who want to take advantage of faster service may also find that scheduling air conditioning service calls after the end of the main cooling season can coincide with the period when HVAC contractors typically receive fewer calls.
To learn even more about properly servicing your home's air conditioning system and to understand your responsibilities as a new homeowner, take time to discuss your concerns with a reputable AC service contractor in your area. An AC service can provide additional information.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.