With your busy schedule and endless to-do list, HVAC maintenance may not be the first thing on your mind. However, if you neglect your furnace and air conditioner, you run the risk of sudden breakdowns, rising repair costs, higher utility bills, and a shorter lifespan for your equipment. All it takes is a little attention during the changing seasons to help your HVAC system run at its peak. Here are the tasks you can do yourself—and what you should leave to the pros—as spring draws near.
Do-It-Yourself HVAC Maintenance
Give your HVAC system the attention it deserves with these DIY tips:
- Change the air filter: The timeframe for replacing your filter depends on the type you have. The general rule of thumb is to check your filter often and change it at least once a year. If you have allergies or pets, you may want to change your filter more frequently than this.
- Clean and open the air registers: Vacuum your air vents with the brush attachment as part of your spring cleaning. Also, check that at least 80% of your home’s registers are open to maintain a balanced airflow.
- Spray down the outdoor unit: Your AC unit has sat dormant for months. To help it operate efficiently, gently hose dirt and debris off the outdoor unit and move any obstructions. Once nearby foliage starts to grow, trim back branches to at least a foot away from the unit.
- Adjust the thermostat: Select a temperature that keeps you comfortable when you dress for the season. Then, set the temperature back 7 to 10 degrees when you leave home for the day and go to sleep at night.
HVAC Maintenance Best Left to a Professional
While there’s plenty you can do yourself to get your AC unit ready for spring, it’s still important to schedule annual preventative maintenance. After all, only a professional has the tools, skills, and know-how to perform an in-depth tune-up. Here are the services you can expect your HVAC technician to perform when you call Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling for the job:
- Check and replace the filter if needed.
- Inspect the condenser and evaporator coils.
- Measure operating airflow, pressure, and temperature.
- Check and record the amp draw.
- Inspect the blower motor.
- Measure the refrigerant charge and check for leaks.
- Inspect the condensate drain line and pump.
- Inspect the wiring and electrical system and tighten all connections.
- Check for loose parts or unusual vibration.
- Check and program the thermostat if needed.
- Provide a diagnostic of the systems’ overall performance.
For the best AC maintenance and repair services in Draper and Utah County, turn to Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. We have over 40 years of experience and offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind. Contact us at 801-226-3033 for Utah County customers and 801-229-2665 if you live in Draper to schedule preventative HVAC maintenance today!