Understanding HVAC Servicing in Your Home With Integrity Heat & Air

HVAC Maintenance Tips Every OKC Homeowner Should Know

HVAC Servicing Basics

What is so Important About HVAC Maintenance?

As a busy homeowner in Oklahoma City, HVAC servicing often gets pushed under the rug for tasks that seem more important. However, HVAC maintenance is essential to your home’s care plan– especially when it comes to your comfort and safety during the hot summer months. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems regulate your home’s temperature, humidity, and air quality making them paramount for staying cool, comfortable, and healthy throughout the year.

This blog post will take you through a few HVAC maintenance tips to help you better care for your system between service visits. We will also give you more insight into the importance of having a maintenance checklist and how to use it effectively when it comes to managing your household and increasing the lifetime value of your expensive HVAC equipment.

Stick around until the end for special access to our homeowner’s HVAC checklist that we’ve created to help you take better care of your in-home air handlers.

Staying Up-to-Date on HVAC Servicing at Home

The Benefits of Having a Maintenance Checklist

As a homeowner, you know how complicated it can get keeping track of everything to maintain a well-oiled home comfort machine. From responsibilities as a parent or partner to HVAC, plumbing, or other maintenance tasks, there is much to keep track of. At Integrity Heat & Air, we’re here to help with as much as we can and understand that simplifying one piece of the puzzle can streamline the whole process.

We suggest easing your stress by using a DIY HVAC servicing checklist like the one we’ve provided at the end of this article. It helps you keep track of the most essential tasks which keeps your systems running effectively and longer while keeping your utility bills low.

With it, you can track how often you change your air filters, clean the outdoor and indoor unit, or even experience changes to how much it costs to run your system from one summer or winter season to the next.

Repairs and total replacement are inevitable with time and prolonged use, so a thorough checklist can help you define your needs when bringing in a professional for maintenance, repairs, or full system replacement.

Stay tuned as we teach you how to use our HVAC servicing checklist to maintain your home comfort more effectively with our in-depth care and maintenance services.

We’ll also give you a few HVAC maintenance tips for OKC homeowners to help with properly implementing your new checklist.

DIY HVAC Servicing Hacks

HVAC Maintenance Tips for Between Tune-Ups

Proactive and preventative maintenance calls twice a year are the most important determining factors for your HVAC’s duration. However, you should complete a few tasks every two to three months to get the most out of your system. 

Replace the Filters

Replacing the air filters is simple; it is just a matter of having filters on hand and remembering to change them out. This is where your maintenance checklist comes in handy. It will help you track when you changed them and remind you it is time to do it again.

To keep your system in tip-top condition, you should change them every two to three months depending on what is floating in your air, such as pet dander or allergens.

 

Inspect Vital HVAC Components

A good HVAC unit is three separate systems working harmoniously to control the air quality in your space, so you can imagine those systems are made of vital components that always need to be operating at 100%. When one part of a system doesn’t work efficiently, another piece has to pick up the slack putting tension on the entire unit. This leads to increased utility bills, a decreased life expectancy, and more repairs or part replacements.

Included in your checklist and with our HVAC maintenance tips is to keep a careful ear and eye out while changing the filter. Listen for unusual noises like grinding, screeching, or thudding. A component could be coming loose or need a simple replacement. It doesn’t often become an issue until you let the problem linger so it’s important to understand what signs indicate that it’s time to consider an HVAC replacement.

Look closely for parts that are moving differently, small cracks, and leaks that could point to more significant problems down the road. The more you look and listen to your HVAC equipment, the easier it will be to notice irregularities– plus, if you ever have any questions, you can contact our professionals at Integrity Heat & Air for support.

Check on The Temperature Settings & Battery Life

This may seem simple but you would be shocked to know how many calls we get for HVAC malfunctions that are actually just caused by dead batteries or incorrect thermostat calibrations. The thermostat acts as the brain of your HVAC system, and when it is not sending out the right signals– or any at all– the rest of the unit doesn’t know how to operate.

*Pro Tip* Note what settings are optimal at different points in the year so you can more efficiently manage your utilities.

Manage Debris & Clutter

Both the indoor and outdoor HVAC components need frequent cleaning. Although they have different duties, both portions of the HVAC units need plenty of space and fresh air to operate optimally.

Regarding the outdoor unit, add a section that checks the foliage growing around it to your checklist. Grass, plants, trees, and other kinds of outdoor growth create different types of debris that can get trapped inside, cause blockages, or provide comfortable places for pests to nest. Keeping all foliage at least 4 feet away minimizes your risk of these nuisances. You should also remove any dust or debris buildup from outside the unit anytime you change the filters.

Complete similar tasks for the indoor unit. Always keep the indoor unit and vents clear of dust and debris because it causes clogs, leading to compressor failure and increased utility bills. It would also help if you also treated furniture like foliage. Furniture encourages dust accumulation, so keeping it 4 feet away from the indoor unit and any vents will minimize how much debris cleanup you have.

Monitor Energy Bills for Spikes

An important HVAC maintenance tip to remember is checking for spikes in energy/utility bills. How much you spend on electricity should vary seasonally depending on outside air conditions and which air handler you rely on- heating or cooling. However, prices should remain relative from summer to summer and winter to winter. 

If you notice a spike in costs from the previous year, you could have a problem that needs professional attention. Whether a refrigerant leak or a failing part, something is causing your HVAC unit to pick up the extra slack.

*Pro tip* Record a benchmark utility cost for each season that you can compare to your current bills so you have a clear idea of how much change is taking place.

Consider Total Replacement with Integrity Heat & Air

No matter how well you care for your HVAC system, some repairs are better suited for total unit replacement. When that time comes, you want to have a reliable, meticulous, and honest HVAC replacement team on your side. At Integrity Heat & Air, we prioritize your needs and ensure you have what you need.

*Pro Tip* Keeping track of your needs with our HVAC servicing checklist will help you more clearly define your needs when it is finally time to replace your old system.

The Holy Grail of HVAC Maintenance Tips

Getting the Most with Regular & Preventative HVAC Servicing

Like any other machine, your air conditioning and heating system requires preventative maintenance to function optimally. Unfortunately, this factor often gets overlooked by many homeowners. Coupled with the fact that professional HVAC servicing cannot be replaced with DIY HVAC maintenance tasks, it is common to see systems giving out long before their time. Most HVAC units should have a life expectancy of around 10 years. Still, you can cut that number in half when regular and preventative maintenance is ignored.

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Integrity Heat & Air has your back in keeping up with your HVAC equipment. We don’t just care that we provide superior HVAC serving solutions including HVAC maintenance plans for year-round comfort and protection; we want to know your systems are getting the best care possible.

When you choose our team for proactive and preventative maintenance, you select a team that puts your need above everything else. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced technicians and find HVAC maintenance tips and home comfort care like you never dreamed possible.

We look forward to working with you.