It’s often tempting for Naples, Florida, homeowners to handle HVAC maintenance on their own, but this DIY approach is usually a bad idea. While there are some tasks you should do yourself, like changing the air filter, complex tasks require expert knowledge and care. Recharging the refrigerant, cleaning the ductwork, and adjusting the electrical components are tasks best left to HVAC professionals.

Recharging the Refrigerant

Recharging the refrigerant is a task for a professional HVAC technician. Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to pull heat out of the air in your home. If the system is low on refrigerant, it can’t adequately remove heat out of the air and won’t cool your home properly. Low refrigerant is almost always the result of a leak in the system. The unit needs to be inspected to determine the location and severity of the leak. A technician can tell you when it’s best to repair the unit and recharge the refrigerant or if you should consider a system replacement.

Cleaning the Ductwork

Like any other surface in your home, your ductwork tends to accumulate dust, dirt, and other debris over time. When your HVAC system pushes air through the ducts, that debris is dispersed through your house. And since you want to prevent damage to the ducts and maximize the effects of cleaning, you must hire a professional to clean them. Regular duct cleaning can yield significant benefits, including better indoor air quality, improved energy efficiency, and increased unit life span. On average, most homeowners should have their ducts cleaned about every five years.

Checking and Adjusting Electrical Components

During a maintenance visit, the technician will inspect your system and make needed adjustments to its electrical components. When you have your unit inspected annually, it makes it easier for the technician to catch electrical issues before they become major hazards. Problems with your unit’s electrical components are potentially dangerous and require the care of a licensed technician.

Is your HVAC system in need of maintenance? Give the professionals at Certified Heating and Cooling Inc. a call today at 239-249-8431.

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