Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly HVAC Repairs
The best way to avoid costly HVAC repairs hands down is to do regular maintenance. Many regular maintenance jobs don’t take long, are easy to do and are proven to significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to get major, costly repairs.
When you consider the price tag for some major HVAC repairs- or the cost of having to replace your system- it is worth your while to make regular maintenance a priority. Here are some maintenance tips to get started with.
Clean the Outdoor Condenser
Every month, inspect your outdoor condenser for damage from the elements.
If you discover anything major, call in the experts, but otherwise you can handle the cleaning yourself. A clean, debris-free, condenser will help your whole system run efficiently.
Always shut the power off before you start, and make sure that it is at least 60°F outside.
Start by trimming back and removing any grass, twigs or branches that are on top or near your unit.
Remove the access panel on top with a screwdriver and wipe down the fan blades. Use a wet dry vac to get as much debris out from inside the condenser.
The A/C coils will also need to be wiped down, inside and out. Finish with cleaning the fins on the exterior.
It works best if you clean them with your garden hose. Avoid using a pressure washer because it can damage the fins. For caked on dirt use a small sharp tool instead.
The Many Benefits of a Tune-Up
It is highly recommended that you get your HVAC tuned up once a year. If you haven’t done this yet in 2017, schedule your appointment today.
It is a very cost-effective way to ensure that your HVAC will last as long as possible and be reliable through the heat of the summer.
A tune-up also helps your system to work in the most energy efficient manner that it can, which will help you save even more on your energy bills.
From a cost standpoint, annual maintenance is a magnificent idea.
When Did You Last Replace the Filter?
If you have pets, suffer from allergies or respiratory ailments or run your A/C full time, you should replace your air filter once a month.
It helps improve air quality. A fresh filter also means that your HVAC doesn’t have to work so hard to produce the cool air, which is where the energy efficiency comes in.
A dirty filter contributes to a number of issues impacting your HVAC’s performance.
This is one of the quickest and easiest HVAC maintenance jobs around. Why not take this on?