The Ultimate Annual HVAC Maintenance Checklist for All Seasons

The-Ultimate-Annual-HVAC-Maintenance-Checklist-for-All-SeasonsIf there’s one piece of advice we think every homeowner could benefit from, it’s this: maintain your HVAC equipment. With proper maintenance, your heater and air conditioner will need fewer repairs. They’ll also work more efficiently, which should save you money on energy. What maintenance tasks should you be tackling? Here’s a checklist of steps you should be completing throughout the year to take good care of your system.

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance Tasks

Change the Air Filters

Replace your air filter at least every three months, and more often if you have pets or someone with indoor allergies in your home. A new filter will keep your home and HVAC equipment cleaner.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Your local heating repair company can do this during an annual maintenance appointment. Lubricants will reduce friction between components so they’re less apt to wear out and break.

Check and Tighten Electrical Connections

Electrical connections have a tendency to loosen over time, especially if you have an older blower unit that shakes a bit. HVAC companies that offer heating system maintenance services typically tighten any loose connections during your annual tune-up.

Check the Chimney Vent

For safety reasons, it is essential that your HVAC system is properly vented to the outdoors. Otherwise, you may be exposed to carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases. A pro should check the ventilation setup, but you should also monitor potential problems by making sure you have a working CO detector.

Change Thermostat Batteries

If you have a thermostat that runs on battery power, change the batteries once a year. If the thermostat batteries die, your HVAC system usually won’t turn on. If you have a hard-wired thermostat, have your contractor check the electrical connections during a tune-up.

Additional Maintenance Considerations

Clean the AC Condenser

Since they are located outdoors, air conditioner condensers tend to accumulate dirt, sticks, and other debris. Make sure you either clean yours or have it cleaned once a year, ideally in the spring.

Clean the Blower

The blower or house fan, is the unit that blows warmed or cooled air through the ducts. It should be cleaned annually to ensure it’s not blowing dirty air into your home.

Check for combustibles near your heater

Your gas or oil-fired heater needs to maintain certain combustible clearances. A general recommendation is 30 inches away from heater room walls on all sides. This will keep any combustible items such as cardboard boxes, papers, etc.… from being a potential fire hazard and also allow enough space for a service professional to service the heater properly

As you can see, some of these maintenance tasks are easy to complete yourself. Others will need to be handled by professionals. You can always rely on H & H Heating & Air Conditioning for system maintenance, heating and air conditioning replacement, and 24-hour HVAC service. Contact us soon to schedule your next appointment.

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