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HVAC Maintenance Tips

HVAC systems are a year-round necessity; these systems help us keep warm in the winter and cool during the summer. With continuous usage such as this, an air conditioner can be under plenty of strain, and it can eventually break down. To prevent this from happening, it is good to perform routine HVAC maintenance and catch a problem before it has occurred.

Apart from HVAC system repairs, completely replacing an HVAC unit can result in even more costs. It is critical to follow regular maintenance tips to prevent costly HVAC repairs. The sooner you realize there is a problem or, the more time you take to do routine checks to avoid a problem from occurring in the first place, the lower your HVAC maintenance costs.

6 Must-Know HVAC Maintenance Tips

An HVAC system needs proper care and maintenance to function correctly. As an additional benefit, proper maintenance can reduce unexpected emergency calls and can lengthen the life of your HVAC unit. Here are the biggest benefits of keeping your HVAC system in prime condition:

  1. Clean the Condenser or Heat PumpOutdoor heat pumps and air conditioner units can get very dirty, causing the system to work harder to create the cold and warm air you desire in your home. Cleaning the condensers and heat pumps will reduce the likelihood of damage to any internal components. Households must ensure that there is no debris on the top or sides of their outdoor air conditioning pumps and units.

    Be sure to get in between the crevices to get all the build-up out. Your garden hose works great to complete this task. Make sure to double-check that your unit is level. If it's lopsided, the refrigerants that are crucial in helping your a/c work well will be disjointed. Your condenser and compressor could be at an increased risk of breaking down as a result.
  2. Check the Filter One of the most common reasons for HVAC repair is a dirty filter. Changing the filter is one of the most straightforward ways of doing maintenance to improve its efficiency, reduce energy costs, and decrease the likelihood of needing repairs. Check your filter monthly to ensure it isn't clogged or dirty. If it is, it's a good idea to give it a good wash and run air over it. As for changing the filter, about once every three months should be more than satisfactory. If your household has pets, you may notice you have to change your filter more frequently. If your filter ever looks dirtier than usual, replace it at once.

    The a/c filter can freeze if it is too dirty and then thaw, causing water damage. If you have a reusable filter, clean it gently with a soft cloth. Then add some mild soap and water. If it's not reusable, purchase a new one. If someone in your household has allergies, it's always a good idea to get a HEPA or hypoallergenic filter. These filters will help purify the air the most.
  3. Regular or Annual Professional Check-ups A check-up consists of an onsite visit from one of our certified HVAC technicians, who will examine the HVAC system and ensure it operates at optimum performance. The inspection will include:
    • Ensuring the fan is working correctly
    • Cleaning the coils
    • Checking (or possibly changing) the air filter
    • Cleaning the drain lines
    • Checking the refrigerant level
    • Checking for leaks in the heat exchanger
    A tune-up can be a one-time event or provided yearly as part of regularly scheduled maintenance.

    A professional check-up only needs to be completed once a year and aids your household to ensure that your HVAC does not break down when you need it most. Getting your HVAC serviced means that all the components will be cleaned and inspected and working at their best. This will prevent costly energy bills, not to mention unexpected repair bills.
  4. Clean the Drain Lines An air conditioner, along with cooling, also takes out the moisture from the air. This moisture then accumulates within the drain lines of the air conditioner and is directed outside. Over time, with the accumulation of dirt and dust, the drain lines can become clogged and even be a home for algae and mold.

    It is a good idea to clean the drain line periodically. Take off the air conditioner's outer cover and clean the drain line with a clean piece of cloth. Moreover, you can rinse it with a mixture of water and vinegar, removing any mold that might have formed.
  5. Keeping the Outdoor Unit Clear The outdoor unit is continuously exposed to weather and other environmental factors such as dirt and debris. Growth and vegetation can cover the outdoor unit over time and prevent the exhaust air from being ejected effectively. Sometimes, the branches and leaves can even get inside the outdoor unit and interfere with the fan's smooth functioning.

    It makes sense to monitor the area around the outdoor unit and observe any bushes or leaves that might need trimming. This is a DIY job, which does not take up a lot of time, but can save you significant expenses later on.
  6. Get a Smart A/C Controller By making your HVAC system smart, you can access additional features that can help with preventive maintenance. For example, smart air conditioners or smart a/c controllers allow you to monitor your usage history and receive alerts every time your ac may need a filter cleaning. Some thermostats can even detect when your AC is not performing optimally or if there is an issue with the air quality. These are significant signs of a defective HVAC system. With other mods, such as scheduling or geofencing, you can activate your HVAC systems depending on your set time or location. This ensures your HVAC system performs efficiently and does not run unnecessarily or wastes energy.