An HVAC unit works harder than other equipment in your home.
And just like your vehicle, your HVAC needs regular service to keep it running efficiently.
Switching your HVAC system from an air conditioner to a heating system can strain its components, thus slowing its performance. This means that for the HVAC to work optimally, monthly maintenance is mandatory.
Although it’s vital to perform a professional tune-up yearly, for monthly maintenance, consider saving costs by adopting DIY.
Why Perform Monthly HVAC Unit Maintenance?
Performing preventative, monthly maintenance on your HVAC system keeps it running efficiently, prolongs its life while saving you on expensive repairs, and high energy bills.
Additionally, a robust working HVAC system provides quality airflow, thus protecting your family from health issues.
It’s advisable to make a detailed plan of your monthly preventative care and annual check-up to keep a tab of your HVAC system performance. Here are some monthly maintenance tips you can incorporate.
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1. Perform Outdoor Cleaning
The outdoor HVAC unit components like the condenser and heat pump, accumulate dirt that causes the system to overwork, preventing quality airflow to your home.
Clean your HVAC unit surroundings every month to remove debris, leaves, twigs, and other unwanted dirt. Cut back any shrubs and plants above three feet.
Wipe the outside and inside the unit to remove grit and use a garden hose to wash out grunge or lingering dirt. Switch the power off, remove the unit access panel, and use a dry/wet vacuum cleaner to clear away dust and debris.
Level up your unit to a strong position to keep the refrigerant working flawlessly.
2. Check the Filter
Dirty HVAC filters lead to furnace repair, which is a costly affair.
Remove the filters and inspect them for damage, and if still in good condition, wipe the dust off gently using a damp cloth and return it. In case it is damaged, replace it.
Filters need replacement every 30-90 days according to usage frequency, and doing so improves HVAC performance, decreases need for repairs and reduces energy cost.
To enjoy energy efficiency and cost-savings, use filters that have a higher MERV rating.
3. Clean the Vents
The cooling and heating vents accumulate dust restricting airflow.
Start the vent cleaning process by switching off the power, removing the vent covers, and washing thoroughly using soapy hot water.
Wipe the slats using a narrow pipe cleaner, or a cotton swab.
Lastly, manually dry the slats using a thin clean fiber cloth to prevent water pooling and return the clean vent covers.
Alternatively, you can put plastic or magnetic covers over the vents to prevent grime and dust and also to restrict unwanted airflow.
Vacuum the vent location regularly and keep furniture and pets away to avoid debris build-up.
4. Perform Monthly Ductwork Inspection
For a home with ductwork, perform a monthly inspection to check for leaks and blockage.
Over time, ducts do accumulate layers of grunge and debris that can burden the HVAC components, weakening the system, and preventing quality and efficient airflow. Furthermore, ducts can break and develop leaks.
Frequent duct inspection allows you to catch leaks early or spot the weak areas before they develop into big leaks.
Use tape or mastic sealants to seal disconnected ductwork inaccessible areas like crawl spaces, garages, attics, and unfinished basements.
5. Schedule Annual Professional Check-ups
Having a monthly preventative maintenance plan prevents HVAC costly repairs while keeping your HVAC ready for a professional check-up.
The yearly HVAC professional check-up comprises an on-site visit by an HVAC specialist who examines, inspects, and repairs the HVAC system. It includes:
- Checking the HVAC fans and changing air filters
- Cleaning the coils, blower and drain lines
- Checking if the heat exchanger has leaks
- Checking the levels of HVAC refrigerant
Additionally, the experts will test system controls, lubricate moving parts, adjust the necessary components, and tighten electrical connections.
Yearly professional check-ups improve the HVAC system lifespan and reduce the energy cost while giving you a continuous flow of quality air all year long.
For your physical and financial health, the HVAC system preventative maintenance is fundamental. Besides your HVAC unit aging, most repairs and replacements occur due to poor maintenance.
Scheduling monthly check-ups and cleaning your unit and thorough correcting of minor problems will ensure luxurious quality airflow without fear of breakdown or leaks.
In case your HVAC system has a big issue, you require a new installation or a yearly checkup, contact the heating and air conditioning New Jersey experts.