Now that spring is upon us, you need to schedule a DIY HVAC maintenance at home. The warm weather that comes with the spring season means it is the best time for you to check if your system is still in perfect working condition.
During the winter season, your heating unit had to work overtime to ensure that you and your family are comfortably warm. Now, your unit will have some time to rest during the spring season before the cooling system has to work hard once more. After all, the summer season can be unbearably hot and you have to rely on your HVAC to keep your family cool and comfortable.
So what can you do to conduct a DIY HVAC maintenance? Here are some tips that you can follow.
Outdoor component maintenance:
- Remove any debris on the exterior of the unit.
- Brush off any dirt that is clinging to the exposed part of the HVAC system.
- Straighten cooling fins that had been bent.
- Examine the fan for damage. Remove the top grill so you can look at the fan inside.
- Make sure the refrigerant pipes and coil are not damaged during the winter season.
- Check for animal nests. Sometimes, they get inside the HVAC unit to shelter themselves from the cold.
- Clean the hose of the outside unit by using cleaning products and water.
Indoor component maintenance:
- Check the air filters and change them if necessary.
- Clear the dust away – specifically near the evaporator coil. Use a vacuum for thorough cleaning.
- Listen to the blower fan. If something sounds different, call a professional.
Apart from a DIY HVAC maintenance, you should also inspect your home to ensure that it will not be hard for your cooling unit to maintain a comfortable temperature. Sometimes, there are damages in your home that can make the HVAC system work harder than it has to.
Here are some things that you should look into.
- Check the insulation in your home. Keep the heat outside so the cooling unit does not have to work hard.
- Put up think curtains and drapes to keep the direct rays of the sun from entering your home. It is the best insulation for your windows.
- Keep your vents open. This will decrease back pressure in ducts.
Remember that when your HVAC system is well-maintained, you can prolong its life. Not only that, when it is working efficiently, it consumes less energy. By learning how to conduct your own DIY HVAC maintenance, you can prep it so it will be in perfect working condition before the hot summer months roll in. You do not have to call in a professional immediately. Know what has to be inspected and clean out parts that are accessible to you.
Just be careful and ensure that your system is unplugged from the outlet. If you encounter anything that you do not understand or looks like a serious problem, then feel free to call a professional. You might be able to head off any major expense or replacement if you can detect problems immediately.