The Ultimate DIY Tips for Essential HVAC Maintenance

Summer is approaching, and the last thing you want is a malfunctioning air conditioner. That’s why our team at All Weather Heating and Cooling, Inc., has come together to craft an essential guide to DIY HVAC maintenance.

Understanding Your HVAC System

First off, it’s crucial for any DIY enthusiast to know what they’re dealing with. HVAC is an abbreviation for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, responsible for maintaining a comfortable temperature and fresh air in your home. Primary components include your outside condensing unit, indoor furnace, and your evaporator coil.

Regularly Change Your Filter

One of the most straightforward yet critical maintenance tasks is changing your HVAC air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to work harder, leading to increased energy costs and potential system damage. For the best results, we recommend changing your filter every 90 days.

Clean Your Outdoor Condensing Unit

The outside condensing unit plays a vital role in your HVAC system, aiding the cooling process. Left unattended, the external fins on the unit can become clogged with leaves and other debris, affecting its efficiency. It’s a good idea to regularly remove such obstructions and rinse the unit with a garden hose.

Schedule an Annual HVAC Maintenance

Despite your DIY efforts, professional help is necessary at least once a year. All Weather Heating and Cooling provides thorough HVAC checks and maintenance to ensure optimum performance and longevity. Booking an annual HVAC service will also reduce the chances of unexpected and costly breakages.

Check Your Thermostat Settings

Last, check to ensure your thermostat is set correctly. Inaccurate settings can result in energy waste and less comfort. If you have an older, manual thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable model, these can provide more precise temperature control and, ultimately, enhanced comfort.

In conclusion, these are just a few of the many ways you can prolong the life of your HVAC system and maintain your cool during the summer months. Remember, although DIY maintenance can save you in the short term, the expertise of a professional from All Weather Heating and Cooling Inc. can assist with more complicated issues that your system may encounter. Keep cool and carry on!