Performing general maintenance on your HVAC system is important to avoid major repair and it can extend the life of your system. Proper maintenance can even help you save on your energy bill. Here are a few maintenance tips you can do yourself to help you keep your system functioning properly.
- Replace air filters
Disposable air filters should be replaced and reusable filters should be cleaned at least every three months or sooner if you run your AC more often or have pets. Check on them monthly to make sure they are not clogged up. A clean filter will prevent your system from overworking.
- Keep vents clear
Ensure that return and supply vents are not blocked or covered as reduced airflow can actually make your system work harder to heat or cool.
- Keep your outdoor unit clean
Debris and dirt can prevent your outdoor unit from functioning properly. Be sure leaves, twigs and other debris are not trapped in or around your unit. Dirt, pollen, and other particles can stick to the fan and should be carefully removed. The fans can be easily damaged but need to be clean to work properly.
- Check your thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat check the settings to make sure that it is programmed correctly. Setting the temperature higher while you are away for more than 8 hours can actually help save you in energy costs.
- Keep your condensation line clear
Air conditioners release moisture and moisture attracts mildew, algae, and mold so be sure to check the pipes the bring water from your unit to the outside. The growth can clog the lines and should be removed about every 6 months. You can treat the algae, mildrew, or mold with half a gallon of vinegar.
Although following these tip will keep your HVAC running as it should, it is still recommended to have regularly scheduled annual maintenance from an HVAC specialist to help keep your ac tuned up at a higher level than you can do at home. We offer two maintenance programs that will not only keep your AC system running smoothly but should you need any major repairs or wish to upgrade, our programs come with discounts up to 20% for these services! Give us a call at (727)856-4822 to schedule for a maintenance tune up or sign up for one our our HVAC maintenance plans.