For rental property management and rental properties, preventative maintenance is part of the bigger picture of cost savings. The HVAC system, if not looked after, can cost you a pretty penny. So you have had your rental property for a while, and or, the house is older, and you’re not sure how old the HVAC system is. All of a sudden the tenant calls in the middle of summer, or winter and tells you the air or heat won’t come on. Murphy’s Law says that “Anything that can go wrong will”. Your HVAC system is a big part of your rental business, believe it or not. It is what attracts tenants. It is what keeps tenants happy, and happy tenants pay rent. A broken HVAC system can be a big expense for landlords if the system is not routinely checked or inspected.
If you get your HVAC check by a professional, All HVAC System Checks Should Include
- Clean, test and tighten the electrical components. When electrical connections become loose or dirty, they don’t conduct as well and become hotter.
- Lubricate the motors and check the belts, adjusting if necessary. Some kinds of motors require oil to run efficiently. Low oil can burn out a motor.
- Remove dust from blower components and adjust. The blower distributes the air throughout your home and a clean one operates more efficiently. It also improves indoor air quality and less dust settles inside your ductwork.
- Replace air filters. This is a task that the HVAC technician should show you how to do. Nothing reduces efficiency and air quality faster than a dirty filter.
- Recalibrate the thermostat if necessary.
- Test the temperature drop.
- Clean the indoor and outdoor cabinets that house the HVAC components.
Combustion Furnaces and Boilers
The HVAC system check for combustion equipment includes:
- Checking the safety switches on the equipment.
- Inspecting and cleaning the burner, along with viewing the flame quality. The gas needs to burn blue, and if there’s any yellow, the technician will adjust the air to gas mixture.
- Cleaning the heat exchanger. A dirty heat exchanger retards the heating of your home because dust acts as insulation.
- Testing the gas pressure and tightening any loose connections.
- Making sure the flue is clear.
Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners
- Cleaning the coils inside the air handler if accessible. Dirty coils retard the cooling process.
- Removing dust and dirt from the outdoor condenser’s coil.
- Measuring refrigerant levels. When the refrigerant level is either too high or low, energy consumption rises and your system may stop running.
- Inspecting the drainpipe and clearing it, if necessary.
Here are a few maintenance tasks you can perform yourself:
- For ongoing maintenance, change the filters every three months for a forced-air system that includes both heating and cooling. If the systems are separate, change the filters every three months during the heating or cooling season. The type of filter to use and directions for changing it can be found in the manual that comes with the installation. Instructions may also come with the filter, or on a label affixed to the HVAC unit. You can also ask an HVAC contractor for advice, or visit the manufacturer’s website to see if the information is available online.
- Check around the house to make sure all heating and cooling vents, baseboard heaters, and radiators are not blocked by furniture. If they are blocked, the system has to work harder to provide you with the comfort you want, placing a strain on the system.
- Air-conditioning systems often have an outdoor component that houses the compressor and condenser. This part of the system dumps hot air from your house to the outside as part of the cooling cycle. Remove leaves and other debris off of the top of the unit, and maintain a clearance of 2 to 3 feet around it
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