The short answer is yes, here are a few things you can do on your own to service your HVAC equipment:
- Clean your Air Conditioner Coils in the Spring and Summer. Dirty condenser fins restrict air flow and causes your air conditioner to work harder. If your refrigerant lines are freezing, this is a good indicator that there is a restriction of air in your system. Change your air filters and clean the condenser fins.
- Change your air filters. If you’re interested in changing your own air filters and you’re just starting out, consider checking their condition once a month for the first year. This way you’ll see how the location of your building and seasons affect the quality of air in your building. Also, consider making a map of the units in your building and listing the quantity, size, and frequency each filter needs to be changed.
- Change HVAC equipment belts. You can visually inspect belts for cracks and they should be replaced at least once a year. Like your Air Filter Map, list the quantity, size, and location of HVAC equipment that need belts. Be sure to have a few on hand in case the belts break.
- Lubricate motors, bearings and other moving parts as needed. Lubricant is important because it reduces friction, prevents wear, and protects against corrosion.
The truth is, mechanical contractors carry the tools and experience needed to perform proper maintenance. They also prevent future problems by making routine repairs during the maintenance period.