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Homeowner HVAC Checklist

Keep Your System Running Smoothly All Year Long!

The key to a more efficient, effective, and enjoyable air conditioning and heating system is to take good care of it and keep it running at its best. While annual maintenance for both your heater and air conditioner are an invaluable part of this, there are a few things you can and should do throughout the year to keep up with maintenance and keep your system working perfectly.

Click Here for a brief and easy to follow checklist of things you should do to keep your HVAC system working smoothly.

Monthly Tasks

These are tasks we strongly recommend you do every single month. They’re pivotal to your air conditioning and heating system’s performance, and they could have a huge impact on everything from system longevity to monthly energy costs.

  • Check your air filter. Your air filter is usually located either just inside your air return register or between the return duct and your indoor unit itself. This filter is responsible for straining out the debris and dust that can be found in the air returning back to your HVAC system. As such, it fills up with this debris over time and needs to be changed. For the average home, you’ll probably only need to replace the filter every 3 months or so. However, high-usage months like the middle of summer or systems that run frequently may have to replace the filter as often as every other month or even monthly. Set a monthly reminder for yourself and at the very least check this filter once a month. Keep some spare filters on hand to replace yours as necessary.
  • Remove debris from your outdoor unit. Your outdoor unit can become bogged down with debris that can collect inside the unit itself. In general, it’s a good idea to sweep this debris away from the area around the outside of your outdoor unit. Likewise, if a considerable amount of debris has gotten inside the unit, it helps to open the unit up and remove it.

Seasonal Tasks

Seasonal tasks are something that should generally be done every three months or so, roughly around the change of a season itself. These tasks may require a little bit of additional work, but doing so at the start of the season could save you a ton of time, effort, and money over the course of the next several months.

  • Clear a radius around your outdoor unit. Your outdoor unit may have things like bushes, tall grasses, or other debris that accumulates around the outside. While it’s a good idea to clear away loose debris, you should also trim away any other hazards that encroach during this time. We recommend removing all grass, bushes, or plants for a radius of at least two feet around the outside of your outdoor unit.
  • Inspect refrigerant insulation. Your refrigerant lines will be exposed for at least a small amount of space, and that space should be insulated with pipe insulation. While insulation is cheap and easy to install, it’s unfortunately not all that durable when it comes to the elements. Check this insulation every three months or so and replace it if it shows signs of excessive wear.

Here are a few other specific seasonal tasks that are unique to one part of the year:

  • Summer: Shut off the water supply to your humidifier, if you have one. Your humidifier is an important part of winter, but can lead to your home remaining uncomfortable during summer. Shut off the water supply to allow your humidifier to properly dry out.
  • Fall/Winter: Change your humidifier’s wick filter to give it a fresh start for the season. Likewise, set the indoor humidity levels to 35 to 40%, depending on your desired comfort level, and then turn the water supply back on to get the system working again.
  • Spring/Fall: Schedule a maintenance service for your air conditioner in the spring to prepare it for the summer months. Likewise, schedule a maintenance service for your heater in the fall.

Annual Tasks

Annual tasks are things that need to be performed just once a year, but are crucial to keeping your system running smoothly. And a problem-free system is a stress-free one.

  • Clean Your Condensate Line: Pour a mixture of bleach and water down your condensate drain line in order to clean it out, prevent clogs, and do away with any mold or other buildup that may have accumulated over time. This is important to prevent your condensate line from overflowing and your air conditioner from leaking water.
  • Check and Replace Thermostat Batteries: Your thermostat more than likely runs on either a series of AA batteries or possibly a 9V cell. These batteries will die over time, and when they do, your system won’t be able to turn on or off. The same can also be said for your carbon monoxide or smoke detectors.

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