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Spring Cleaning Starts With Your HVAC System

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Analisa H.

Doing a regular maintenance check on your HVAC unit is critical in preventing major problems from affecting your home or business. Now is the perfect time to check on your system if you haven’t been doing so regularly.

By performing regular HVAC maintenance, you can potentially lower your utility costs and extend the service life of your unit. Here’s a look at different parts of your HVAC system and why they need to be cleaned or replaced periodically according to HVACMaintenance.org.

Inspect Filters Monthly 

Filters prevent dirt and grime from clogging your HVAC systems. Also, it’s crucial to use filters that specifically fit your system. They can be replaced every 90 days, but it’s good to check them monthly. If they look dark and/or clogged, it’s a good idea to change them. If you are extremely sensitive to allergens, filters help remove a greater amount of particulate matter from the air, including those carrying bacteria.

Examine Condensate Drain

Once a year, try pouring a cup of bleach mixed with water down the condensate drain to prevent buildup of mold and algae, which can cause a clog.

Maintain, Replace Fans & Belts Twice a Year

Poorly operating fans or belts not only can result in less cooling and heating efficiency, but also an excessively noisy unit or constant vibration while running. HVAC maintenance should be completed right away if you notice any problems.

Keep Coils Clean

Since they are often damp, wet and in contact with humid moist air, it’s common for coils to grow mold and bacteria. If they are left dirty for extended periods of time, coils can grow a sticky film on them that is difficult to clean and eventually become inefficient. Cleaning the mold with the necessary chemicals tends to damage and pit the coils, requiring them to be replaced.

Clean & Lubricate Dampers

Dampers keep compressors running when the temperature dips below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are not properly cleaned and lubricated, they will begin to stick, causing a loss of cooling and heating efficiency in your HVAC unit. Keep the dampers well serviced to avoid this issue.

In addition, make sure there’s at least two feet of space around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps. Now is the perfect time to regularly remove debris such as leaves, pollen, and twigs from top and sides of these outdoor units. Summer is also the perfect time to shut down the water supply to the furnace humidifier.

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