central heat/air maintenance

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  1. nostalgia

    nostalgia Well-Known Member

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    When we purchased our home it came with central heat/air but no booklets to let us know what kind of routine maintenance we need to do on it. We heat with natural gas and the air runs off of electric. Does anyone have a list of maintenance that we need to do every year to keep it in good running order? What do you do to keep it running well?

    Any help would really be appreciated.
     
  2. tkrabec

    tkrabec Well-Known Member

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    change the filters at least monthly when in use, more often if they look dirty. Some filters are cleanable.

    There may be a filter in the air handler as well as at the intake. also check for a filter around the furnace if it has one
    or just call in a company and follow the tech around it would be worth the $50 or what ever, for what you learn. But call them looking for the book and let them talk you into cimming out to take a look at it they may do it at a reduced rate trying to get your business. :)

    -- Tim
     

  3. If it's a new unit, just change filters on the average once a month. After a few years old have a a/c contractor come out to light furnace in fall, and check it out. If the units is located in the attic, their should be an overflow drain to the outside of your house. Just keep and eye on it, and have it serviced imidiately if you see water dripping from it. Other than just enjoy.
     
  4. If it's a new unit, just change filters on the average once a month. After a few years old have a a/c contractor come out to light furnace in fall, and check it out. If the units is located in the attic, their should be an overflow condensate drain to the outside of your house, for the air conditioner in the summer months. Just keep and eye on it, and have it serviced imidiately if you see water dripping from it. Other than that, just enjoy.
     
  5. hobo

    hobo Bybee Tennessee

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    change ac filter monthly, may be 2 on split unit. check outside condenser for debrie builup. also look at fins on inside unit. depending on the age the unit both ext. and int. may need a shot of oil in fan motor if ther are oil ports. the gas part should be checked every year or two depending on age. a hvac teck. will do a service cleaning and inspection for around 50.00 depending on your area. stay with the teck while he is there, but stay out of his way and watch and learn. good luck
     
  6. nostalgia

    nostalgia Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everyone for your help. I really do appreciate having a place to go and find people caring enough to want to help. Hope I can repay you all someday by offering helpful information to you.

    It turns out we found out who installed the system and he happens to be a family members brother. How cool is that? He also used to play music with my husband. So he called him up and he told him what all he needs to do and didn't charge us anything. Said for us to call whenever we need any help at all. What a blessing!