4 Important Maintenance Steps for Residential HVAC

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In our busy lives, it can be easy to let everyday home maintenance tasks get pushed to the backburner. After all, things are working just fine, so it shouldn’t hurt to skip out on routine upkeep this once, right? Only, it does hurt. Maybe not a lot, but incrementally it does. Until eventually, things breakdown and require repair much sooner than they would have.

Nowhere is this truer than in the regular care of your home’s HVAC system. Here are four important maintenance steps that you should regularly take to keep your heating and cooling system in tip-top shape:

  1. Change the Filter: This step isn’t hard to do, but it is easy to forget. Changing out the air filter in accordance with the filter manufacturer’s instructions will help your furnace run more efficiently. A clean filter helps the system to “breathe” well, making the system an easier time doing its job of heating or cooling your air. In turn, this will prolong the useful life of the equipment.
  2. Know Your System Maintenance Schedule: The type of furnace system you use will change how you maintain it. Whether your home utilizes electric, natural gas, propane, geothermal, circulating heat pump, or another means of maintaining the internal climate, make it a priority to know when routine care should be performed, then get the appropriate professional help.
  3. Clean Drainage: Natural gas and propane furnaces generate a little water as a byproduct. The drainage and drip pan should be reviewed and cleaned so that water does not back up into the unit. Compressed air can be helpful in the cleaning process, as well as white vinegar to eliminate any deposit residue.
  4. Safety and Cleaning: In all your maintenance care, be sure to consider safety first. Turn off the power before you take things apart. Use your senses and stay aware of details, such as potential gas leaks, misaligned vent pipes, or other things that could be amiss. Remember to keep both the inside and outside of the unit clean.

Professional Help

Need an experienced technician to look things over? Call Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for a conversation about your HVAC needs: (951) 375-6856.