HVAC Maintenance is important as we’re in the midst of another hot West Texas summer. If you want to stay comfortable in your home, it’s likely you’ve got the A/C running almost constantly. Unfortunately, pushing your system to the max can be really hard on the equipment. That’s why it’s critical to maintain regular maintenance to ensure long life. While it is important for a professional to regularly maintain your HVAC system, there are a few things you can do in between checkups to keep your system strong.
You’ve probably heard “change the air filters” before, so let me give you a few specifics. First of all, you should check your filters once a month. That doesn’t mean you need to actually change them once a month; just check and see if they need replacement. If they’re clogged, that means your HVAC is working harder to allow air through. Replacing a dirty filter or cleaning a reusable one can save you between 5 and 15% a month on electric bills.
CLEANING THE DRAIN LINE
When your A/C takes moisture out of the air, those droplets accumulate, then are removed from your home via a condensate drain line. These lines can become clogged – which can lead to major problems, including water damage in your attic. In many cases, the clogs are simply the result of mold and mildew that accumulates over time. These can be cleaned using a bleach solution and a long brush. Be sure to flush the line out with pure water to avoid any corrosion.
Pro tip: The drain pan underneath your HVAC unit will tell you if there’s a clog in your drain line. It means water isn’t successfully passing through the line. Make sure the pan is completely dry to ensure your drain line is clear!
CLEAR A PATH
Your exterior a/c, or condenser, unit needs to breathe. If it’s in your yard, make sure there aren’t weeds, brush, or tall grass surrounding it. Give it at least three feet on all sides to ensure the unit doesn’t overheat.
WE’LL COME RUNNING
These are things that you could do on your own to help maintain your HVAC and keep it going strong and running efficiently. The best thing you can do is have your unit professionally maintained in the spring and fall each year. City Plumbing is still running our Spring Clean and Check, which includes a complete inspection, cleaning, and calibration of your unit for only $89.99. You can make an appointment online or call us at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!