What Needs To Be Done For Annual HVAC Maintenance?

There are two types of maintenance when it comes to your HVAC system – things you can do on your own and things that will require a professional.

  • Change Your Air Filters

This step is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your HVAC system running at its best and immediately improve the air quality in your home – and you can do it yourself! You should check your air filters regularly and change them as needed throughout the year. For a single occupancy home with no pets or allergies or a vacation home this could be done once or twice a year. For your “average suburban home” with no pets this should be done about every 90 days, and if you have a pet this should be done every 30-60 days.

  • Make Sure The Condenser Drain Line Is Clear

Ensuring the condenser drain line is clear will help prevent water damage to your system and home and will also reduce energy costs. A blocked condenser drain line makes it difficult for your system to run efficiently. You can do this by adding a cup of bleach in to your condenser drain line to clear out algae, mold, and mildew that may have developed over time. But if your drain line is clogged, you may require a special vacuum or pump to clear it out.

  • Make Sure There Is A Minimum Of Three Feet Of Clearance Around Your External HVAC System

Not having a clear enough area surrounding your HVAC unit can be both an efficiency problem and a safety hazard. Blocked and enclosed units have a more difficult time running and dry brush gathering around the HVAC unit may over heat and combust.

  • Clean Your Vents

This can be done simply by running a vacuum hose over and across the vent and wiping the covers down with cleaning solution.

  • Hire a Skilled HVAC Company To Inspect and Maintain Your AC

At least once a year, usually during the Spring, it is best to hire a fully licensed HVAC professional for your annual maintenance to your system. This will care for your system after running only occasionally during the mild Florida Winters and prepare it for the coming Summer months.

 A full inspection will include:

  • Inspect Overall Physical Condition of Units
  • Check Refrigerant Pressures
  • Inspect and Clean Condenser Coil
  • Check Voltage/Amps on Fan Motor and Compressor
  • Check Contractor for Burned or Pitted Contacts
  • Inspect Fan Blade
  • Inspect and Tighten All Electrical Connections
  • Vacuum Condensate Drain
  • Inspect Evaporator Coil
  • Inspect Blower Components
  • Inspect Auxiliary Heating Element
  • Inspect Safety Control
  • Inspect Electrical Disconnects
  • Inspect Duct Connections at Air Handler
  • Inspect Thermostat
  • Change Customer Supplied Filters

Make time to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance now before the rush begins or you are left with a broken down or slow-running system during the Summer!

 

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