The hot and humid summers and chilly winters in Richmond, VA, cause your heating and cooling system to work hard all year long. To ensure that your HVAC system runs smoothly, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance. In addition to scheduling a spring cooling system tune-up and autumn heating system maintenance visit, here are three easy things a homeowner can do for HVAC maintenance.
HVAC Maintenance Includes Checking the HVAC Filter
Check your HVAC filter once a month. The Department of Energy explains that replacing a clogged HVAC filter with a clean one could lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 15% every month. First, power off the HVAC system. Access the filter’s housing, and slide out the filter. If you see dirt, replace the filter. Don’t go longer than three months between filter changes.
Flush the Condensate Line
The warm, dark and wet condensate line is prone to clogs from algae, bacteria and mold. Periodically, flush out the line and sanitize the pipe and drain. This PVC pipe can be unscrewed from its connection while the HVAC system is powered off. Use a soft-bristled brush to loosen debris, if needed, then flush it out with a 10% bleach solution. Rinse it with clean water, then reattach the pipe. If you’re not comfortable doing this, a technician can show you how during a maintenance appointment.
Clear Debris from the Outside Unit
The outdoor unit is exposed to dirt, dust and other debris year-round. When you mow the lawn, be sure to cut the grass and weeds near the outdoor condenser unit. Trim any shrubs, vines or tree branches within three feet of the unit. If your dryer’s vent exhausts near the unit, clean the lint out of the vent each week. You can use your garden hose to rinse off the exterior of the outdoor unit. The jet of water washes away pollen, dust and dirt buildup.
To keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently, contact us at AirMaxx Mechanical today to schedule a professional maintenance visit.