Regular HVAC maintenance is important to ensure your home has adequate air conditioning all year long. Your HVAC unit plays a critical part in keeping your home healthy and comfortable, which is why regular maintenance is recommended. If you keep your system in good condition, you can prevent breakdowns, costly repairs, and avoid the inconvenience of having no air conditioning until the problem is fixed. In this article, we will discuss the main things to consider when maintaining your HVAC unit to ensure it is kept in tip-top shape.
Cleaning & Inspecting the Unit
One of the easiest forms of maintenance is cleaning and inspecting your HVAC unit. We recommend that homeowners periodically inspect their HVAC unit to ensure nothing has been damaged and that the unit appears to be in good condition. Sometimes debris and other objects can get stuck in and around your HVAC unit, and regular cleaning gives homeowners the opportunity to remove anything that has built up. When cleaning and inspecting the unit, you should also check for any rodent or pest damage. Rodents can cause detrimental problems to HVAC wiring, which can pose a fire hazard, so it’s a good idea to double-check the visible wiring around your unit during these routine inspections.
Check Air Filters & Coils
Both air filters and coils in your HVAC unit can get clogged and dirty over time. Air filters should be replaced every 3 months to ensure your home is receiving clean airflow. When replacing the air filters, you can also inspect around the area and make sure all of the parts are free of damage. HVAC coils are another component that needs to be checked on once in a while. Coils can become dented and dirty over time, but they can be easily taken care of at home. If you have clear access to the coils, simply rinse them with water and try to correct any visible bends or dents.
Inspect Electrical Components
If you suspect a problem with your HVAC unit, a technician can perform a thorough inspection of the electrical components. Not all electrical wiring can be seen from the outside, and HVAC technicians are trained to detect problems both in and around your unit. Your HVAC unit depends heavily on its electrical components, and sometimes these components can be damaged, corroded, or loose, all of which need to be professionally repaired by a technician.
Overall System Check
No matter how well you maintain your HVAC unit, it is recommended that you have professional maintenance by a technician at least once each year. During this visit, the HVAC technician will perform a system check to ensure your HVAC unit is working optimally and is free of any problems. They will also do an in-depth inspection in and around your unit to ensure it is free of debris, damage, and faulty components. This professional maintenance visit gives homeowners the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about their unit. Routine maintenance visits can often save homeowners from larger problems down the road because the technician can catch problems before they begin to show signs.
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