Spring is here, and temperatures are heating up. As we move forward into the new season, HVAC maintenance is something you should think about.
Preventive maintenance on your HVAC system can save money on unnecessary repairs. It also helps homeowners address small issues before they become major problems.
You can maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by performing simple preventive maintenance. Best of all, these are tasks you can do yourself.
The easiest HVAC maintenance tip for your air conditioner is replacing the air filters. For your system to run efficiently, it requires clean airflow.
The filters are easily accessible in most homes. The entry point is located inside the home by the air handler unit. Open the grate, slide out the filter, and replace it with a new one.
The standard timeframe to replace an air filter is every 90 days. If your unit is older, you’ll need to check the filter more often to see if they need to get replaced. You can buy filters in multi-packs at your local hardware store.
When the condensate drain gets clogged with sediment, you may hear water running behind the wall where the air handler is located. Another sign is water pooling on the floor near the handler.
Sediment, algae, mold, and insects can build up inside the drain line and clog the pipe. When this happens, the condensation backs up and finds other outlets. Before starting your air conditioner after the winter break, flush the line with a mixture of water and bleach.
Have you noticed it’s taking longer for your heating and cooling system to adjust the temperature of a room? You may have a tear in your air ducts.
A sign of air duct damage is when insulation blows through the vents as the air conditioner turns on. The culprit is usually a rodent that has gotten into your attic. You should call an HVAC technician to perform an inspection.
Another simple HVAC maintenance task homeowners can perform includes clearing the area around outdoor units and compressors.
When you perform regular yard maintenance, trim back shrubbery near the unit. To prevent issues, keep a six-inch ground clearance around the base.
Coil systems are a part of all HVAC systems. They help move air through the system. If the coils are dirty, it can prevent the unit from running properly.
You can clean the coils with coil cleaner. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully.
Many HVAC companies offer maintenance plans. If maintaining your unit isn’t something you have time to do, or you’re not comfortable doing, call in the pros.
At Priority 1 HVAC, we offer residential preventive maintenance services. You can schedule services any time of the year by calling 850-390-6667.