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Invest in Preventive Maintenance For Your House

Invest in Preventive Maintenance For Your HouseYour need to count on your HVAC in San Diego’s unpredictable weather. It can help to think of preventive maintenance like well baby checkups. Not only do pediatricians handle illness, but they look at children and anticipate problems. That combination of experience and knowledge is what makes our technicians topnotch to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Preventive maintenance involves different things depending on the specifics of the system involved, but here are a few of the things that you can count on.

  1. The HVAC system is examined carefully to find existing problems such as broken parts, worn belts or leaky pipes.
  2. Moving parts may be lubricated, mostly in motors.
  3. Drains are checked for blockages. Any clogged drains are cleared and cleaned.
  4. All electrical wires are inspected for loose connections and tightened when required.
  5. Air filters are replaced. Belts are checked and replaced as needed.
  6. HVAC and thermostat controls, air conditioning, furnace and heat pump are all tested for proper function.
  7. A detailed report is written for the homeowner updating on the current status of the HVAC system as well as any repairs that were done or are required in the future.

How does preventive maintenance benefit the homeowner? The biggest benefit is being able to proactively deal with small problems before they become complicated and expensive.

  • A leaky pipe isn’t only a problem because the dripping keeps you awake. The wasted water will inflate your water bill, potentially damage the foundation of the house or even cause problems with your air conditioner!
  • Dirty coils aren’t only a nuisance, either. When they’re dirty, the compressor runs overtime. This can cost you a small fortune in electricity!
  • Ultimately, ignoring the small damage from daily wear and tear will force you to replace your HVAC far sooner than you otherwise would need to.

Sometimes it’s frustrating when you have questions and don’t know who to ask. Our honest, respectful technicians have been serving the North San Diego area since 2002. Call Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll help find solutions to your problems!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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A Timeline of HVAC Replacement and Maintenance

A Timeline of HVAC Replacement and MaintenanceWhen you buy a new HVAC system, you want it to run as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. But the only way to do that is to keep it properly maintained throughout its lifetime. If you don’t take care of it, it will run down and begin using more energy. To prevent that and keep your system in top shape, here’s a basic HVAC maintenance timeline to follow over the system’s lifetime.

Every month                           

Check your air filter. If your air filter becomes clogged, it can not only reduce your indoor air quality, but also reduce airflow through your system, which wastes energy and ultimately damages the system. Check your filter every month to see if it should be replaced.

Every 3–6 months

Replace your filter. How often your filter needs replacing depends on the quality of the filter, your home’s lifestyle, and other factors. If the filter is white and translucent, it’s still usable. If it’s grey and opaque, it’s time to replace it.

Every year

Schedule maintenance. An essential part of your HVAC maintenance timeline, this should technically be two annual visits — one in the autumn for your furnace and one in the spring for your A/C. Your HVAC service technician will inspect the system to make sure it’s operating at peak efficiency. This includes calibrating the thermostat, tightening all electrical components, oiling the motor and other moving parts, and checking the condensate drain for blockages. For your A/C, they should also check the refrigerant level, and for your furnace, they should check the gas pressure and connections.

Every 15 years

Replace the unit. With regular maintenance, an A/C will last about 10–15 years, a furnace will last 15–20 years, and a heat pump will last around 16 years. Even if the system seems to be in good working order, when it gets to be around 15 years old, you should start shopping around for a new one.

For more help with your HVAC maintenance timeline, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today. We’ve been San Diego’s source for quality HVAC service since 2002.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Help Your HVAC System Spring Forward

Help Your HVAC System Spring ForwardIf you tend to forget spring home maintenance chores like putting new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, why not put together a to-do list to tackle when you’re changing your clocks for Daylight Saving Time? You can get the HVAC system ready to spring forward, too, by adding these tasks:

Improve Air Distribution Through the Duct System

Have an HVAC professional inspect the ductwork and correct deficiencies like damaged or disconnected sections. Then, get the accessible runs sealed and insulated. If it’s warranted, have the ducts cleaned as well, and make sure your registers are open and unobstructed.

Clean Up Around the Condenser

Insufficient airflow through the outdoor condenser makes cooling less efficient and more costly. It also puts unnecessary wear on the system’s most expensive component the compressor. To prevent these issues, clear a two-foot wide area around the unit. Get rid of dead leaves, broken branches and other accumulated yard debris. Cut back tall grass or weeds, too, and trim low-hanging tree limbs and shrubs.

Lower the Equipment’s Workload

Reducing the load on the HVAC system can curb your energy consumption and cooling costs. Tightening up the ducts is a good start, but you can also air seal your home’s exterior using weatherstripping, caulk and expandable foam. Seal sources of leakage between the living areas and attic space as well, and make sure you have R-60 of properly-installed insulation between the attic floor joists.

Schedule a Preventive Care Visit

When you have the HVAC system thoroughly inspected, cleaned and tuned up in the spring, you’ll know it’s ready to keep your home comfortable as efficiently as possible once the weather heats up. An experienced technician should check the refrigerant level, clean the fans and coils, service and lubricate the blower assembly, flush the condensate drain system and change the air filter. Just remember to check the filter each month during the cooling season, and replace it when there’s any visible debris accumulation.

To learn more ways to get your San Diego home’s HVAC system ready to spring forward, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor Air

A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor AirAre you looking for a way to reduce the likelihood of illness and allergy symptoms in your Carlsbad home this season? While no foolproof methodology exists to eradicate bacteria, viruses and mold spores from your home, using a UV light system can decrease the presence of these types of contaminants. Continue reading “A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor Air” »