Easily Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

October 16, 2014
Ross and Witmer
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For the most part, you don’t have to worry about constant maintenance to your HVAC system. However, if you want to get the most out of your HVAC system, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to go over some of the best tips in order to help you do just that.

Replace Air Filters

It’s a good idea to regularly change your filters around every three months, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure your filters are the correct size; they should fit firmly but never need to be forced into place. This is the most important aspect of HVAC preventive maintenance.

Keep Vents Open

Moisture buildup can lead to mold and mildew developing, so to avoid this and keep a consistent static pressure, you should keep vents open at all times, no matter how little or often you use any specific rooms. Leave doors open to allow for easy airflow, instead of leaving doors to unused rooms shut for extended periods of time.

Keep Outdoor Unit Clean and Free From Obstructions

If you own an outdoor condensing unit, you should check the coils are free from any dirt or debris that can easily build up. If necessary, hose it off using a light hose pressure.

Clean Duct Grilles

As part of your annual spring clean, it’s important to give your dust grilles and vents a good cleaning at the openings for each room. The grille can easily be lifted from the floor and wiped clean with a rag. Alternatively, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any unwanted dust that may have gathered.

Keep Discharge Pipes Open

This PVC pipe runs outdoors from your HVAC system and should also be cleaned and kept free from any debris. You may also want to check on your discharge pipe during winter, as it can easily become frozen due to ice or snow, leading to expensive repairs. Your A/C’s drip tube should also be kept open and clear.

For more tips on extending the life of an HVAC system in the Charlotte, NC, area, contact the experts at Ross & Witmer today.

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