Your First HVAC System Checklist

You may not have had to deal with HVAC maintenance if you’ve always rented.

  • One of your main responsibilities as a homeowner is keeping an eye on the health of your heating and air conditioning system.

Otherwise, a failure of your HVAC system could be unexpected. Look for red flags as you inspect the equipment. Consider looking for rust and water spots that indicate moisture damage. Test it out by turning it on and hearing how it runs. Strange noises indicate that something is wrong with most heating and cooling systems. Find out whether your system is trying to tell you something that can later haunt you. If everything seems fine, obtain your system’s purchase and upkeep records. The life expectancy of HVAC equipment is affected by many factors, but preventive maintenance is vital. It should be possible to determine the system’s age by looking at these documents, as well as how much professional care it has received. Ducts are commonly used in heating and cooling systems to circulate conditioned air throughout the home. For maximum energy efficiency and good indoor air quality, HVAC ductwork must be structurally sound. Even if you are not a NATE-certified technician, you can catch ductwork problems if you know what to check. Rust, condensation, and loose connections are signs that your ducts need to be replaced. In order to get the best performance from your heating and cooling system, proper insulation is crucial. While you walk around the house, note the temperature in different rooms to determine the current condition of the insulation. Your new home might have a break in its thermal enclosure system if you feel drafts or notice some rooms are colder or hotter than others.

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