Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips
There’s nothing worse than waking up to a cold bedroom in the middle of winter and realizing your furnace is out, except maybe waking up sweating in the summer. Taking care of your HVAC system means having a comfortable house all year round. We have a few of our top tips for simple monthly maintenance on your entire system.
How Often Should You Perform Maintenance?
Some aspects of your HVAC system will require regular maintenance, such as your furnace filter. Others will only need to be looked at between seasons. However, to ensure your system is always running properly, you should be giving it a monthly checkup.
When it comes to professional servicing, you’ll want to have an HVAC expert perform service maintenance on your system at least once a year, giving you the opportunity to fix issues that you may not have known about.
Your Monthly HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Changing Your Furnace Filter
One of the most important parts of your regular HVAC maintenance will be changing out your furnace filter. If you’ve opted for a higher-quality or long-lasting furnace filter, you may only have to replace it every 90 days. However, for most filters, you should be replacing them once a month. For pet owners or family members with breathing problems like asthma, this is especially important.
Checking the Outdoor Unit on Your Air Conditioner
For your outdoor unit to work properly and efficiently, it needs to be clean and clear of all debris. Get rid of dust, dirt, and leaves trapped in the unit, wipe down the exterior, and clear any snow in the wintertime. This debris can damage your unit or stop it from working altogether, so check on it at least once a month.
Inspecting the Refrigerant Lines
The lines that bring refrigerant from your air conditioner to your outdoor unit are covered in insulation to prevent condensation and water damage. Take some extra time to inspect the lines and ensure the insulation is still in proper condition. If not, you may need to call in a professional.
Summer HVAC Maintenance
To prepare for the summertime, there are a few specific tasks you need to perform on your system. First, you’ll want to check the fan in your condenser unit – the fan can become damaged through its exposure to the elements, and a damaged fan will lead to more severe problems down the line.
Second, check for air leaks. Whether air leaks through your weatherstripping, seals, or tears in the ductwork, it will lower your energy efficiency and raise your energy bills significantly.
Winter HVAC Maintenance
Like in summer, there are a few winter-specific tasks to perform on your HVAC system. Check the vents of your unit – it’s easy for dust and debris to find their way inside, and that can greatly impede your energy efficiency. If you want to save on energy bills this winter, your unit’s vents need to be clear.
It’s also a good idea to test your thermostat before winter sets in. Just set it a couple of degrees higher than normal. You should hear the thermostat kick in – if not, there’s an issue that needs to be fixed ASAP.
When Should You Contact a Professional?
While you certainly don’t need to bring in an expert for routine maintenance, having your HVAC system serviced annually is a great way to catch issues and prevent bigger problems before they happen. However, there are certain jobs that should be left to the professionals. If you notice a problem during routine maintenance, call in an expert for a repair.
Whether you need routine servicing or have a problem that needs to be fixed, Max Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. No matter your issue, we have solutions for you. Contact us today!