It’s a no-brainer that we use our heating/cooling system the most in the summer and winter, therefore the best time to have routine checks done is during the fall and spring seasons. These evaluations, plus other maintenance tips will help keep your system running effectively and efficiently.
The fall check-up should include cleaning the furnace blower, burners and heat exchanger, while in the spring, condenser coils should be cleaned, refrigerant charge should be checked and the wiring inspected. Additionally, you can pour a cup of bleach down the air conditioner condensate drain to prevent buildup of mold and algae. Also in the spring, wash and dry filters and vacuum condenser coils on any window units.
Monthly maintenance includes changing out the air filters. If you don’t have a shedding pet, you can probably stretch that out two extra months. Once a month, it’s recommended to inspect insulation on refrigerant lines leading into your house. It’s also important to make sure that there is about two feet of clearance around your outdoor units and heat pumps. Debris and shrub growth needs to be kept clean around this area.
More regularly, you need to make sure to keep the actual unit itself clean. Any leaves, grass clippings, or debris that is piled on top of the unit needs to be brushed off each time you’re outside doing your yard.
I know, you’re probably thinking “Great! One more chore to add to the list…” but these few maintanence routines will definitely save you time and money in the longrun.
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