HVAC Maintenance Checklist for New Homeowners

heating system replacement - H & H Heating And Air Conditioning Inc. - EssingtonMoving into your first home can be so exciting! Of course, home ownership also comes with a lot of maintenance responsibilities. In addition to caring for the landscape and keeping things tidy, you’ll need to maintain your HVAC system. Luckily, that’s not as hard as it might sound. If you make your way down this HVAC maintenance checklist, you should be in good shape.

1. Change the Air Filter

Your furnace and air conditioner both use the same air filter. If the air filter becomes too clogged with dust and debris, this may cause additional wear and tear on your equipment. It may also cause your home to become dirtier and more dusty. To avoid the need for early heating system replacement, change the air filter at least every three months, or monthly if you have pets.

2. Check Thermostat Batteries

If you have a battery-operated thermostat, make sure you change the batteries once a year. Otherwise, the thermostat may quit working, which will cause your heat or air conditioning to stop working, too. Pay attention to the thermostat throughout the year, too. Most have a light that starts blinking when the battery gets low.

3. Keep Vents and Registers Clear

Make sure you keep the spaces in front of vents and registers clear of toys, clothes, and other items. Don’t put furniture in front of vents either. If you block a vent, pressure inside the ducts can rise. Elevated duct pressure can damage a furnace blower and increase your need for HVAC system repair.

4. Check Condensate Lines

The condensate drain lines take condensation from your HVAC system to a drain or sink. Sometimes, they get clogged with dirt and grime. Make sure these lines stay clear. You can often use a small brush to clear any blockages. Some people like to pour a little bleach into the condensate drain pan every now and then. This kills mold and algae inside the lines.

5. Clean Around Your AC Unit

Keep the area around your AC unit clean and tidy. Trim back any bushes, and pull the weeds. Your AC needs a lot of airflow to operate properly. If you give it space, you’re less likely to need to call the air conditioning and furnace repair company down the road.

6. Schedule Annual Tune-Ups

Schedule a once-a-year tune-up appointment with a company that offers heating system maintenance services. They’ll send a technician to lubricate all moving parts, tighten any loose bolts and components, and perform minor repairs. Good maintenance will extend your furnace and AC unit’s lives and reduce your need for repairs over the years.

If you start off maintaining your HVAC system, it will serve you well for many years to come. Complete all of the tasks on the checklist above, and leave tune-ups to the professionals, like those at H & H. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need HVAC maintenance, repairs, or replacement in the Delaware Valley.

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