DIY or Don’t: How to Handle HVAC Maintenance

February 16, 2016
Ross and Witmer

HVAC maintenance is an important concern for every Statesville, North Carolina, homeowner. A poorly maintained system can leave you cold in winter, hot in summer, and frustrated throughout the year from your high utility bills. Get a grip on your HVAC system’s maintenance needs and set a schedule for essential maintenance tasks throughout the year.

Annual Checkups

You should hire a professional to inspect your HVAC system twice a year. Schedule one maintenance visit for early spring so your HVAC technician can inspect your air conditioner unit before the summer arrives. Schedule the other visit for early fall to focus on furnace maintenance before you turn on the heat for the first time.

During these checkups, your technician will clean and inspect your system, tighten loose connections, adjust belts, and lubricate moving parts so that everything runs smoothly.

Monthly Air Filter Changes

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is one simple maintenance task you can do yourself. Change the filter once a month for best performance. To make sure you stay on top of this job, keep a stock of filters on hand, enough to last about three to six months. When you have a fresh filter nearby, changing it takes only a few seconds.

Outdoor Maintenance Tasks

Outdoor maintenance combines both professional jobs and DIY tasks. Clear leaves, grass, and other debris from your outdoor unit throughout the year to provide adequate airflow to your HVAC unit. However, you should leave bigger problems like bent fins and debris inside the unit to a professional, like one of our service technicians.

Unexpected Jobs

If your HVAC system is making unusual noises or heating and cooling the home inefficiently, these concerns signal a necessary call for a professional visit. Diagnosing and repairing heating or cooling problems on your own are tasks you should never address with a DIY repair.

With regular maintenance, you can greatly decrease your need for system repairs or replacements. However, if you need professional repairs or maintenance, call a member of the Ross & Witmer team at 704-392-6188.

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