Preventative Maintenance for Your HVAC System

July 15th, 2019
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It’s been said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure,” and that’s certainly true when it comes to your HVAC system.  While putting off regular maintenance tasks may save you some money in the short term, you’ll no doubt be in for some much larger repair bills in the future when your HVAC unit breaks down.  At JMS Enterprises we encourage everyone to pay special attention to their HVAC systems and regularly inspect and maintain them to ensure efficient operation and a long lifespan.  Here are a few jobs you can do to keep your HVAC system running in tip-top shape, saving you money on utilities and repairs.

Change Air Filters

The air filter in your HVAC system does the important job of removing particulate matter and allergens from the air inside your home.  If you don’t clean or change it regularly, not only does it decrease the air quality in your living spaces, it can also put undue stress on your air pump, forcing it to work harder than necessary to push air through your ducts.  So how often does your filter need to be changed?  That depends.  For your average single-occupant home, it’s fine to perform this task every 6-12 months.  For a home with multiple occupants, filters need to be changed more frequently (every 90 days).  And if you have pets, you’ll need to change that filter every 2 months.  If you suffer from allergies, you’ll want to change that filter even more frequently, about once every 20-45 days depending on the severity of your condition.

Inspect System for Rust, Wear, and Damage

Your average homeowner probably doesn’t think about their HVAC system that often but performing regular inspections can save you money by allowing you to identify potential issues before they become a much more expensive problem.  Every few months, it’s a good idea to open up your HVAC system and take a look inside.  Pay special attention to belts and pulleys, drain lines, drain pans, electrical connections, and refrigerant lines.  Worn belts or pulleys will need to be replaced while drain lines can be cleared out if they get clogged.  Inspect electrical connections for worn or exposed wiring and replace it if necessary.  Refrigerant lines should be inspected for rust, leaks, and other damage which don’t just affect the operation of your HVAC system; they can also be hazardous to your health.

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Once the rest of your system is squared away, it’s time to take a look at those ducts.  If they’re clogged up with dust and debris, they’re likely spreading mold spores, pollen, dander, and dust mites all over your house.  Dusty ducts can also decrease the lifespan of your air filters and force your HVAC system to work harder as it pumps air throughout your home.  Cleaning air ducts can be a difficult task for the average homeowner but luckily a professional service like JMS Enterprises will be happy to do the job for you.  Our experienced technicians utilize the latest equipment to get rid of buildup in your ducts, allowing your HVAC System to operate more efficiently and last longer.

If you’re a resident of Bucks County, PA, Montgomery County, PA, or surrounding areas who are interested in an air duct cleaning or any of our other services like carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, water damage restoration, and more, give JMS Enterprises a call today by dialing (215) 706-0188 to get a free estimate for your job.  We can help you create a happy and healthy home, so call us today!