DIY Tips to Maintain Your Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
Every homeowner knows the importance of a fully-operating HVAC system for comfort and cost-efficiency. At J. A. Sauer Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide top-notch furnace and air conditioning maintenance services to keep your systems in optimal condition. However, there are also several maintenance tasks that you can handle on your own. Here are some of our top DIY tips.
Cleaning and Replacing Air Filters
Dirty or clogged air filters make your air conditioning and heating systems work harder, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. Regularly inspecting and cleaning your air filters is a simple task that can significantly improve HVAC system performance. Most filters require cleaning every three months, and replacement every six months, but check your system’s manual to be specific.
Maintaining Outdoor Air Conditioning Units
Outdoor units of air conditioners often accumulate dust, grass, leaves, and other outdoor debris. This buildup can affect their functioning. Ensure a regular cleanup of these units. Keep the area around the unit free from plants and debris to ensure adequate airflow. During winter, cover the unit to protect it from snow and ice. Remember, every product comes with a user manual. Follow those instructions for maintenance and troubleshooting.
The furnace can gather dust and grime over time, which can lead to decreased efficiency or even a system breakdown. Begin by switching off the gas and power to the furnace. Then, vacuum the furnace’s interior, gently clean the blower, and wipe down the burners. Remember to check the flame sensor and igniter. If it gets too dirty, the furnace might not be able to ignite.
Even if you carry out monthly maintenance, it’s crucial to get your HVAC systems inspected at least once a year by a professional. A professional can spot potential issues early and ensure your system is running at peak efficiency. It’s advisable to have your air conditioning inspected in spring and your furnace inspected in the fall.
Remember, these DIY tips don’t replace the need for expert services, especially for complex issues. When it comes to major repairs and installations, opting for experienced service providers like J. A. Sauer Heating & Air Conditioning ensures optimal functioning and longevity of your HVAC systems.