Summer is the harshest season on your HVAC unit. This is the one time out of the year that your HVAC unit works in overdrive to keep your home cool and comfortable. As the hot summer sun fights to keep your house warm, your HVAC is combatting the heat. Even though Summer is coming to an end, it spent the last few months working extra hard.
To aid your HVAC unit in keeping the home cool, there are a few DIY HVAC maintenance tips you should know. Read our HVAC maintenance guide below to create your own checklist of everything you need to do to keep your HVAC running through the summer smoothly.
Here’s what you need to know!
Remove Debris From Around the Unit
All debris should be removed from around the unit. This is true for both the inside and outside units. Reframe from placing any items in your AC unit closet.
All vacuums, brooms, mops, and other items should be kept in a separate place. Head outside and remove all mud and dirt build-up, sticks, leaves, and other debris from the outside unit as well.
Keep both units clear from any obstructions, and it’ll continue to run smoothly.
Replace Air Filters As Needed
Your unit’s air filter should be replaced at least once a month. If you can replace it more often, then do so. Once the air filter starts to fill with dust and dirt, it can make it difficult for the HVAC to run.
This not only causes an increase in your energy bill but an overworked HVAC unit can eventually start to have issues that’ll need repair. A clean ventilation system overall is ideal.
Inspect the Fan Blades
It’s also a good idea to check the fan blades on your unit as well. Inspect the blades while the unit’s running and while it’s not. You should check for signs of damage.
Any rusting, dents, cracks, bend blades, or other damages should be reported to a professional HVAC maintenance company for repair or replacement. Be sure to complete this type of inspection once a month.
Pay Attention to Smells and Noises
Sometimes, when an HVAC unit begins to have problems, it’ll try to tell you. Pay close attention to any smells or noises coming from your unit. Any noises or smells coming from your inside unit that aren’t normal should be addressed as soon as possible.
Both of these signs indicate that a serious problem could be occurring within the unit.
Need Help With Your DIY HVAC Maintenance?
Are you in need of some professional help when it comes to completing your DIY HVAC maintenance tasks? Although these maintenance tasks can be done by the homeowner, any signs of problems should be communicated with the professionals to ensure proper servicing.
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