Four HVAC Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly Repairs
Between the hot and humid summers and the mild, sometimes chilly, winters your HVAC works hard to keep the temperature in your house just right. What can you do to help ensure it doesn’t fail you right when you need it most? Try our top four HVAC maintenance tips to keep your system running smoothly and avoid equipment failure and costly repairs.
Keep All Vents Open And Clean
It’s a popular belief that closing vents in rooms that don’t see frequent use will help save on energy bills. The truth is that keeping vents constantly closed can lead to issues with airflow and can cause air pressure to build up—which could result in an HVAC breakdown.
Not only should you keep your vents open, it’s also important to clean them regularly. How? You can use a vacuum cleaner to prevent dust and dirt from building up. And be sure to check for airflow issues. If you notice a change in air pressure, give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.
Replace Air Filters
This tip is probably an obvious one—yet many people don’t do it as often as they should. To avoid the need for costly repairs, be sure to change your air filters every 30 to 90 days. Why? Clogged filters can lead to serious damage to your HVAC system.
Here’s something you may not know: the number of people living in the house as well as the number of pets can impact how frequently you should change your filters. Create a schedule to help you stay consistent with replacing your air filters.
Keep The Outside Unit Clean
The outside unit is often neglected—but it needs monthly maintenance, too. To keep your system running in tip-top shape, clean any debris from around the outside unit. Routinely cut back any bushes, plants, or limbs at least two to three feet.
Keep an eye on your pets—especially dogs—to ensure they aren’t marking their territory. Dog urine can be very damaging to your AC unit. If there is potential that this will be an issue, consider adding a fence around the unit.
And don’t forget about the inside panel. At least once a month, disconnect the unit from the power source and vacuum out the inside to remove any dust, dirt, or debris.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Last but certainly not least, we recommend that you schedule annual HVAC maintenance with a professional. Your HVAC unit needs a tune at twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall. During our visit, our expert technicians will inspect your unit for any potential issues, clean your equipment to ensure peak performance, check air handler efficiency, and more.
Avoid the need for costly repairs, call us today at (813) 929-4295 or request an appointment online to schedule preventative maintenance. Our technicians are standing by to help keep you HVAC system running at peak performance.