Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your System

The harder that your heating and cooling system has to work, the sooner your system can break down and be in need of repairs. Many of these repairs can be avoided if you are properly maintaining your system each month. The average Summerville HVAC owner can begin to incorporate these maintenance tips into their monthly routine and will result in savings beyond what you might imagine.

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Check the air filters at least once a month to see if they are dirty and blocking the flow of clean air through the unit. If the filter can not be cleaned, replace it at least every three months. The reason that this is so important is because a clogged filter makes the heating and cooling system have to work harder to push that treated air through the house. This is a very inexpensive way to keep your system running in peak condition.

Listen carefully to the main unit for any strange noises. If you notice that any of the screws that hold the casing in place have come loose, tighten them up. Any openings in the casing break the seal and will allow untreated air in and treated air to escape.

Take a look in the attic or basement at the duct work and feel around for any areas where air might be escaping. A roll of duct tape is ideal for patching these minor openings and keeping the air flowing into the house instead of into the attic. Even a small opening will allow a large amount of treated air that you are paying for to simply vanish into this air.

Take a look at the outside unit and make sure there is nothing within two feet that could be interfering with the system running. There should be no grass growing into the unit, and tree branches should not be in contact with or anywhere near the unit. Looking inside from the top of the outside unit, there should be no leaves or twigs stuck inside that might interfere with the spinning fan blades.

Call your local heating and cooling system repair company and schedule an inspection of you unit and all parts. These annual inspections are essential because you get trained eyes all over the system, locating minor issues long before they become full-blown heating and cooling emergencies.

Now you see how easy it can be to keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently all year long.