According to HVAC experts, regardless of the HVAC system types available on the market, every HVAC unit has one thing in common: it needs to be maintained every season. After all, without regular maintenance, your HVAC unit’s lifespan can be drastically shortened, significantly reducing your home’s energy efficiency in the process.
Here’s a guide that can help you maintain your home’s HVAC unit during the fall season.
Step #1: Check the Air Filters
When maintaining your HVAC unit, one of the first things you should do is check the air filter. If you own an HVAC unit, the general rule of thumb is that you should have the air filter checked every three months. That way, you can see if it’s become clogged with dirt and dust and will have to be replaced. With that in mind, be sure to always have a replacement filter at the ready so you can install it as soon as possible.
Step #2: Inspect Registers and Air Grills
After you’ve checked the air filter, you should also inspect all the registers and air grilles in your home to ensure that they haven’t been blocked by rugs or furniture. As much as possible, avoid blocking these vents, as doing so can restrict airflow through your HVAC system, creating performance issues and leaving it prone to overheating. If you happen to have any pieces of furniture blocking the vents, move them as soon as you can.
Step #3: Inspect Exterior Cooling Equipment
Every HVAC unit comes with exterior cooling equipment that’s located outdoors. Unfortunately, as time goes by, this outdoor unit can become obstructed by the grass, dirt and debris that surrounds it. Therefore, as part of your fall maintenance procedure for your HVAC unit, experts strongly recommend that you inspect the exterior cooling equipment and remove any vegetation that’s grown around it. If you want a more in-depth look at your exterior cooling system, don’t hesitate to turn to Premier Comfort, the pros at installing Premier heating and cooling systems.
Step #4: Clean Cooling System Drip Pan and Condensate Drain Lines
Finally, you should also inspect your cooling system’s drip pan and condensate drain line for clogs. This is because if these components become clogged by mold and algae, the condensation from the cooling process won’t be able to exit your home, causing it to malfunction and water to backup indoors. To accomplish this, use a wet/dry vacuum to clear the water from the drip pan or use rags to soak it up. Then clean it with mild soap. You can also clear clogs with a wet/dry vacuum.
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