Two Simple DIY HVAC Maintenance Steps

Posted on: 8 April 2019

Is it time to clean your HVAC system? Do you have a regularly scheduled professional check up? Unfortunately, most people don't realize that, even if they do have their HVAC system serviced by professionals every single year, there are still a few things that you should do on your own to maintain and clean the system. That is, you can't just rely on the professionals to take care of all your problems. This article looks at things you should think about when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your HVAC system in the long run.

Filter Replacement is Very Important

The first thing you should think about is filter replacement. Even if you have annual professional services, you need to be aware that most air filters aren't designed to last more than a full year. If you look at the packaging on your air filter, you might be surprised to find out that many are only meant to last three months. So, this would technically mean that you're supposed to change your air filter four times in a single year. Not surprisingly, not every homeowner actually does this.

But, what are the consequences of not changing your air filter in time? Most obviously, you're going to experience lower quality air inside your home. In the longer term, a dirty air filter is going to let more unclean air and debris into your appliances — particularly the electrical components. For example, your furnace fan motor can get clogged with dust and debris. If you think of it in the long-term perspective, you could get several more years out of your furnace if you always replace the filter on time. This could represent significant savings when you consider the fact that you might possibly have to buy a new furnace a few years earlier than expected.

Cover the Condenser Unit

Another helpful thing homeowners can do to improve the long-term health and efficiency of their HVAC system is to cover the condenser unit (the unit which is outside of the house). This condenser unit is obviously exposed to the elements during the summer when you are usually using it. But, you don't want to needlessly expose it to the harsh winter weather conditions. If you live somewhere that is cold and snowy, the weather can take quite a toll on your condenser unit.

Many people simply fail to cover their condenser during the winter, and it ends up causing the fan to rust or for the condenser coils to become dirty.

In the end, if you regularly replace your air filters, and cover your condenser unit during the winter, your heating and air conditioning system is going to last longer and be cheaper to operate.

Call a professional like A-Thompson Refrigeration Air Conditioning & Heating Service Inc for air conditioning installation, maintenance services and more today.


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