You can Prevent Costly Repairs with These Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips
The costs of homeownership can be substantial, so you are always looking for ways to save. It’s well worth your time (literally) to roll up your elbows on a regular basis to engage in a little preventative maintenance to avoid bigger costs for bigger repairs.
This is especially true when it comes to your HVAC system. Regular maintenance will also help your HVAC system to be more energy-efficient, which will save you money on your energy bills. It’s a win-win.
Here are some points to include on your to-do list:
Check out the Condenser
For monthly maintenance, start outside of your home with your condenser.
Make sure that all debris is cleared from around the unit. You don’t want it to interfere with air flow. Get out your tool kit and remove the cage fan.
You can wipe it down of debris with a cloth, or if there is a great deal of debris, you may need to use a wet-dry vac as well.
Next, carefully wipe down the fins on the exterior of the condenser. Make sure that they are all pointing outwards.
Note: don’t use a pressure washer to clean the fins as they can be damaged under the spray.
It’s important every month to make sure that your system is level. Having it off kilter will cause it to malfunction.
While bringing in the professionals for a tune-up isn’t something that you need to do every
month, it is recommended that you do a tune-up seasonally.
As we are getting closer to summer, if you
haven’t scheduled your summer maintenance, make this the month that you do.
During your tune-up, the technician will clean the parts and inspect for damage.
That will help you identify smaller problems before they have time to develop into bigger ones.
Replace Air Filter if Necessary
It’s important to check your air filter monthly, especially if you or your family have allergies or asthma.
Your filter could have a great deal of grime and dust accumulated on it.
That definitely interferes with its’ ability to operate efficiently.
It will also reduce indoor air quality.
If it’s not too bad, you can wipe it down gently with a sponge and soap and water.
If it is in bad shape, you should buy a new one. It’s recommended that you replace it once a quarter, minimum.
If you have pets or are undergoing renovations, you’ll have to change it more often.
If there is too much hair, dust and dander on it, it will make it hard for that much-needed cool air to reach you during the heat of the summer.