The backbone to your home’s comfort is the HVAC system. It’s the one thing that protects you from the wild whiplash of weather we receive out here in West Texas. However, just like a car, your HVAC system needs some maintenance every once in a while to keep it running longer and efficiently. Luckily, HVAC maintenance is easy. Here are some tips that you can do on your own to keep your system running strong all year round.
Tools You Are Going To Need
- Garden hose
- New Air Filter
First, your outdoor system works by pulling in air through the coils (the side of the unit) and then blows it out the top. When those coils are covered by debris, it can significantly reduce its efficiency. So, it’s essential to clean the coils at least twice a year. Here is what you need to do:
- Shut off the breaker to the outside unit.
- Clear all debris that’s within a 2-foot radius of the unit. If bushes are within that radius, trim them down to avoid poor air circulation.
- Take the garden hose and rinse the coils. Try to remove as much debris as possible, and make sure not to bend any of the fragile coils. (Tip: start by spraying into the unit from the top to push out debris from the inside.)
- Take the level and inspect to see if the unit is leveled. If not, it is best to call a professional for this. Attempting to level it yourself can be difficult and cause injury from the sheer weight of the unit.
- Check for any electrical connections. Make sure there are no exposed wires.
- Check the insulation around the line set to make sure it’s still good and not eroded.
- Reconnect the breaker for the outside unit.
- Shut off the breaker to the inside unit.
- Check the current air filter. If you cannot see the light through it, it’s time for a new filter. (tip: check it at least once a month)
- When replacing the filter, make sure to read or look for the arrow that indicates air flow. Place the air filter in accordingly to the units airflow path.
- Locate the drain line and pour some water down it to make sure it’s not clogged.
This is the easiest part of the whole project. Here we will make sure that your thermostat reads the temperature correctly. Grab a thermometer and simply check to see if they match. As long as it’s within 3 degrees, you will be fine!
If you encounter an issue with your HVAC system that needs a professional to look into, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (806) 741 – 0519 or visit our website trustlowery.com. We will send our best people to service your unit and get you back up and running.