Keeping up with the routine maintenance of your home appliances and home systems is one of many responsibilities as a homeowner. Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system works hard throughout the year to keep your home comfortable. Regular HVAC maintenance is necessary to keep your HVAC system working at peak performance while reducing your energy bills and improving your indoor air quality.
HVAC maintenance is preventive and ensures your system runs at optimal efficiency, improves its lifespan, and detects any potential malfunctions that can lead to costly repairs. Everything from leaks, corrosion, clogged filters, and dirty coils can cause your HVAC unit to break down.
First, the basics.
There are a few simple preventive tasks that you should do right away to avoid any malfunctions with your HVAC system. Ensure that the visible indoor and outdoor components of your HVAC unit are free of debris and obstructions. There should always be at least two feet of clear space around the unit. It's a good idea to purchase high-efficiency air filters and keep extras on hand. You should change out air filters every 90 days. Look over the air conditioner's refrigerant lines for any leaks.
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Clean or replace the air filters.
The best way to ensure your air conditioner runs at optimal efficiency is to replace or clean the air filters every 90 days. When the filters are dirty and clogged, airflow is reduced or blocked and dirt is carried to the evaporator coil, which interferes with its heat-absorbing capacity. Clean filters lower your cooling system's energy consumption and subsequently your utility bills, as well as improving your indoor air quality.
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Remove any dirt and debris from the coils.
As you prepare for warmer weather, it's important to remove any dirt and debris from the evaporator and condenser coils. Dirt reduces airflow and interferes with the coils' ability to function. If you have an outdoor unit, it will become dirty due to the elements. Minimize dirt and debris around the condenser unit and fins, and cut back any foliage growing close to your unit's airflow space.
When getting your HVAC system ready for spring, you should pass a stiff wire through the condensate drain channels to check for any clogs. Obstructions in the drain channels cause excess moisture that compromises indoor air quality and causes discoloration on the walls and floors. It's also a good idea to check the window seals for room air conditioners. Moisture can damage the window seal and allow for drafts, causing your system to work less efficiently.
Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best way to prolong the life of your HVAC system and ensure it runs at peak performance.