A working HVAC unit makes for a happy homeowner. Most homeowners look for ways to save money on home repairs. One of your biggest expenses can come in the form of repairs to your heating and cooling system. There are simple HVAC maintenance tips that can prolong the life of your system. Learning how to do your own preventive maintenance can maximize efficiency. To keep your system in good condition, continue reading for useful tips on properly maintaining your HVAC system.
Replace your filters every 90 days for better efficiency. If you use your unit more than normal or if your unit is older, your filter may need to be changed more often.
A good way to judge if your filter needs replacing is if it is covered in dust and air can no longer flow.
Don’t settle for cheap filters. This is one area that can cost you down the line. Air filters have come a long way and there are new and improved products on the market.
Air filters are easy to change by slipping out the old filter and then sliding in the new one.
It is important to keep your unit free of obstruction. If you have trees or shrubs near your outside unit, regular HVAC maintenance includes cutting back limbs.
A safe clearance for your unit is two feet around.
Your HVAC system has a condensate drain line. If this line becomes clogged, it can cause your system to freeze and fail to operate properly.
Cleaning the line is another quick fix. Simply detach the line and pour a cup of bleach or vinegar to clean out the sediment, algae, and mold that can build-up.
This is a simple maintenance procedure. With the unit running, walk through the house to ensure that air is flowing through the vents.
If you do not feel the air coming through, make sure the vents are fully open and not being obstructed.
It is also a good idea not to close too many vents. The more vents you close the harder the unit will have to work.
Sometimes critters can get into your attic and damage your air ducts. If you feel air is being restricted, check for damage.
A sign of torn ducts is insulation debris blowing through your vents.
As seasons change so do the needs of your HVAC system.