Making sure that your HVAC system is routinely and thoroughly inspected by a reliable and qualified technician is an excellent first step to maintaining the heating and cooling system in your home so that it can function in optimal operating condition. Additionally, you can take the following steps in between regular inspections to help prevent some HVAC problems.
Keep the Condenser Area Clutter-free
Make sure the area surrounding the outdoor condensers is clean and free from any type of vegetation. This includes dead leaves, weeds and bits of trash. When obstructed, the condenser has to work harder to maintain your home at a safe and comfortable temperature. This will also cause the system to use up more energy and you may end up paying a higher utility bill because of it.
Check the Registers
Make sure that the supply and return registers are not blocked as this may increase the pressure inside the ductwork and result in leaks. When this happens, your indoor air quality will suffer. Additionally, you have to repair the leak so it will not cause bigger problems down the line. You can also clean the register covers regularly to maintain good air flow.
Inspect the Air Filters
Usually, a monthly check of the air filters is sufficient. This will tell you whether it needs to be changed or cleaned. However, during exceptionally high pollen counts or if you share your living space with a number of four-footed members, you may need to inspect and change your air filters more often. A clogged filter can significantly drive up your utility bill each month because it takes longer to reach the thermostat setting and your system has to work harder to maintain it. A dirty filter can also cause your system to wear out faster.
Check the Drainpipe and Drain Pan
Make sure there is nothing in the drainpipe that will prevent water from draining away from the air conditioner. Ideally, you should check this before the start of the cooling season. If you see any dirt or mold in the drain pan inside the air handler, clean it out completely before using the system.
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