Easy Monthly HVAC Tips to Prevent Costly Repairs

Replacing your whole HVAC system is a major expense, and usually, one that takes you by surprise. Avoid having your system fail when you need it most. By taking a few easy steps each month to evaluate your HVAC. You can double your HVAC’s lifespan with regular maintenance, by fixing small problems before they have a chance to develop.

Call for a Tune-Up

If you haven’t yet done your HVAC’s annual maintenance, make your appointment today. An annual tune-up will prolong your system’s lifespan. In many cases, it is required to keep your warranty valid. During the tune-up, you can expect the technician to clean and inspect all HVAC components. This task helps to get your system in optimum shape to run reliably and efficiently to keep you cool this summer. The technician will also look for wear and tear and alert you to any problems.

Maintain Exterior A/C

Always make sure that there is substantial clearance around your exterior A/C unit. That means trimming hedges, bushes, and trees to reduce the risk of something falling inside and getting caught in the fan. Remove anything that has been collected on top of the unit. Clean the unit regularly. Start by turning off the power. Remove the access panel and wipe down fan blades, fins, and the inner and outer A/C coils. Another important task is to ensure monthly that the unit is on even ground. Using a level, determine if it is off kilter. Use concrete slabs or crushed stone to even it out.

Filter Change

This simple job can have a big impact on your HVAC. If you leave a dirty filter in your HVAC, not only are you compromising your air quality, but you are also making your unit work harder than necessary. What’s more, is that dirty filters often cause HVAC units to fail. It’s recommended that you change your filter every 30-90 days. If you run your A/C constantly, it is best to stick to the 30-day rule. The same goes if you have pets. Get a filter that is the most energy-efficient (highest MERV rating) for the maximum energy savings benefit.