Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive elements in your home, and an unexpected replacement furnace or air conditioner is every homeowner’s nightmare. Luckily, a little maintenance will go a long way toward prolonging the life of this valuable equipment. Keeping your system in great shape will also help it operate efficiently, keeping your home more comfortable and saving energy and money. Here are some simple tasks you can do yourself without having to call in a pro.
Change Filters Regularly
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Changing the filters is the simplest, most inexpensive way to keep your system operating smoothly and improve your indoor air quality, yet many people overlook this task. Ideally, the filters should be changed often, or rinsed out and replaced if you’re using a reusable filter. The best way to remind yourself is to mark your calendar, or if you use an electronic calendar, enter it as a recurring task. It’s also helpful to buy a stack of filters whenever you visit a hardware store, so it’ll be easy to get the job done when the time comes.
Watch Your Humidifier
If you use a humidifier in winter to keep your indoor air from drying out, it needs just a little seasonal maintenance. Remember to turn off its water supply in the spring when you’ve stopped running the furnace. You might want to clean any visible dirt while you’re at it. In the fall, pop in a new filter and turn the water supply back on.
Clear the AC Condensate Drain
Algae and mold can build up in the drain where your air conditioner pours off its condensation, and if the problem gets severe the growth can completely block the drain. Once a year, pour some bleach water down the drain where your air conditioner drains. This will keep the line open and the water draining well, which will prevent erosion and water damage issues.
Watch Your Systems For Trouble
The refrigerant line of your air conditioner shouldn’t be leaking at all. If you see moisture on the outside of the line or collecting underneath it, you should contact a service technician. The blower motors for your furnace and air conditioner shouldn’t make any knocking noises or other unusual sounds. Also, take note if your systems suddenly seem to be working less efficiently.
Call For Help When You Need It
If you notice any of the problems listed above, you should call a qualified service technician immediately. The sooner a defect in your system is repaired, the less expensive it will be, as a general rule. Also depend on a qualified service technician to tune up and lubricate your systems annually to keep them working at peak efficiency.
Keeping your HVAC systems in good shape will save you a lot of money on your monthly energy bills, and it will also prevent you from having to replace your system prematurely, which could save you thousands. Learn these simple tasks and make them part of your routine.