Many individuals attempt DIY furnace and air conditioner installation and repair in an effort to cut costs. However, attempting to install or repair an HVAC unit on your own could cause damage to the unit. You could also put your safety at risk.
While furnace and air conditioner installation and repair may not be in your skillset, there are some steps you can take to keep your unit in tip-top shape. Here are a few do it yourself tips for cleaning and maintaining your HVAC unitꓽ
One of the most important things you can do on your own is to inspect and change the air filter in your HVAC unit. Dirty filters can cause your HVAC system to become less efficient. The general recommendation is to change air filters every 90 days. However, factors such as whether you have pets, the climate in your area, and how often you open your windows may require you to change your filter more frequently. To change your filter, first shut the HVAC unit off, remove the old filter, and insert the new one.
If your HVAC unit is outdoors, it’s vital to keep it debris-free. Check your unit weekly and clear any leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris from the top and sides. Keeping the unit debris-free will extend its lifespan and increase airflow. Ensure two feet of space around the unit. It is also beneficial to cover the unit during the winter if not in use.
Listen for noises
While some sound is normal while using your unit, listen for anything out of the ordinary. Weird noises, such as banging or screeching, are often signs of blockage or debris in the blower or vents. Listen carefully each time you turn your system on. When you’re familiar with how the unit sounds typically, you can better identify when something is wrong.
Inspect and clean air ducts
Your HVAC system circulates the air in your home through air ducts. Over time, dirt can build up in these ducts reducing the air quality in your home. Because of this, you should regularly inspect and clean your air ducts. To clean air ducts follow these five simple stepsꓽ
- Remove vent covers, wash them, and set them aside to dry.
- Cover the openings to registers with a paper towel or a thin cloth that prevents dust from getting everywhere while you clean.
- Vacuum or brush the dust from ducts.
- Change filters.
- Replace vent covers.
The metal grills on an outdoor AC unit are called fins. They serve two purposes. The first is protecting the unit from weather and waste. The second purpose is to keep warm air out so your system can run efficiently. You can use a hose or sprayer to wash away any dirt from the fins. If the fins are bent, you can straighten them using a fin comb that you can find at your local hardware store. Be sure to get the right size for your unit.
Schedule regular maintenance checks
While there is a lot you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC system, there is still a need for regular checks by a professional. It is best to call a technician who has the knowledge and expertise to inspect the unit and diagnose and fix problems that you may have missed. An inspection may include but is not limited to checking the unit’s overall condition, examining electrical parts for defects, and testing the airflow. Ensure your system is inspected and serviced by a professional at least once per year.
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