How To Keep Your HVAC System In Top-Shape Throughout Its Life

In order to keep your HVAC system in top-shape, you need to know what you will have to do on a seasonal and annual basis.

Seasonally

You need to perform seasonal maintenance on your unit in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of it.

First off, you need to keep your unit clear of leaves, grass, pollen and anything else that may land on it and try to turn it into its home. Sweep or brush off debris anytime you see it gathering on top of your unit. 

Second, you need to inspect the refrigerant lines on a seasonal basis and make sure that they have not become damaged or cracked. If you spot any damage to the refrigerant lines, call an HVAC technician from a company like Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc to come out and repair it right away. 

Third, with the change of each season you should replace the air filter on your unit. Replacing the air filter on a seasonal basis will ensure the air you breathe is clean and will reduce the stress on your unit. As the filter becomes clogged, it takes your unit more energy to do its job. Replacing your air filter on a seasonal basis will keep the strain on your machine to a minimum. 

In the summer, you will need to turn off water to the furnace humidifier since you will not be using it again until the fall. In the fall, you need to turn back on the water to your furnace humidifier and replace the humidifier filter.

Annually

There are also a few things you will need to do on an annual basis for your unit. You will want to clean the condensate drain on your unit with a mixture of bleach and water. 

You will also want to make sure that the ground your unit is located on is still firm and level, and has not sunken at all. If it has, you'll need to have a contractor help you level out the ground under your unit again.

You should also have an HVAC technician come out once a year and inspect your unit. This is one of the easiest ways to make sure that you are not missing anything and to make sure that a small issue doesn't develop into a larger one. 

Finally, you should replace the batteries inside of your carbon monoxide detectors inside your home if your unit uses gas.

If you keep up with the necessary maintenance on a seasonal and yearly basis, your new HVAC system should stay in top-shape and work well for many years.


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