As a homeowner, it’s important to perform regular maintenance if you want to preserve one of your most valuable assets. You probably already know that you should change your HVAC filters at least once every 90 days, or less if you have pets. However, here are three more tips to add to your annual maintenance schedule that will help you keep your system in good working order.
1. Clean your outdoor Unit
Clean any dirt and debris from the inside cabinet and remove any obstructions from the base pan. Then you should gently clean the coils with a water hose to remove any built-up dirt, but be careful with the water pressure because you don’t want to damage them in the process. You should also inspect the fan motor and blades for damage and lubricate them as needed.
2. Maintain the area around the outside unit
Remove any weeds or other debris that might be lingering around your outside AC unit. Then add a layer of rock, or whatever you prefer, to the ground around the unit to keep mud from splashing up onto the coils when it rains. And lastly, treat the area for pests to prevent ants and other insects from getting into your unit and doing damage.
3. Clean the inside unit
It’s important to clean the inside evaporator coils of your AC system also. And that includes the drain pan and condensate drain lines as well. If you don’t, it could become clogged and leak into your home causing sheetrock and other damage that will then have to be repaired.
There are several of other things on your HVAC system that should be checked and serviced annually; otherwise, you risk permanently damaging the entire system and other parts of your home as well. Being proactive will not only save you from downtime, but it will also save you money on repairs as well.