Preventive HVAC maintenance is the best way to keep your HVAC system up and running, both effectively and efficiently. In many cases, these are do-it-yourself projects that can be scheduled annually, monthly or when the seasons change. But in some cases, a qualified professional should be called in to fully inspect your unit and make sure it will be good to go all season long.
One of the most important things you can do is to change the filter on your furnace. Basic filters are inexpensive and should be changed monthly or when you can no longer see through them. Some filters are washable, and they can be soaked in soapy water, rinsed and reinstalled. In those situations, always carry an extra filter to be installed while the other is being cleaned.
Keep the area around furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and blower coils cleaned. Dust, dirt and grime can make their way into the system and cause a loss of efficiency and effectiveness. This is especially true of leaves, and other plant refuse, that makes its way into the fan blades of a central A/C unit.
Other things you can do are to change the batteries in your electronic room thermostats yearly, clean registers and grills and also inspect the ductwork to make sure it is tight and connected. Also, brush the intake grill, change the batteries and test your carbon monoxide detectors. This will not only assure you that your detector is fully working, but it will also give you peace of mind. Many CO detectors have a limited life. Be sure to know how long yours will be effective.
Ideally, have your entire HVAC system professionally checked before every winter, when your furnace needs it most. The saying of “rather be safe than sorry” dutifully applies here, and a qualified inspection will head off trouble before it begins.
Preventive HVAC maintenance begins with you keeping your HVAC system running strong, all year long.
For advice about do-it-yourself HVAC maintenance, or to schedule an inspection of your system, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Amarillo area for more than 50 years.3
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about prevenative HVAC maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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