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Want to Avoid HVAC Repairs? Try These Monthly Maintenance Tips

Pennsylvania gets both hot and cold depending on the time of the year, so it’s important to have a complete heating, ventilation, air conditioning system, or HVAC, in place in the home.

When it’s sweltering outside, you don’t want to bake in your own house, and when there’s snow on the ground, you want to sleep in warmth and comfort during the night.

That’s why it’s important, once your HVAC is set up, to ensure that it continues to provide you with years of reliable operation. And one of the best ways to achieve this is to not neglect your hardware.

A few easy maintenance routines can keep things running reliably, and here’s what you need to do.

Regularly Replace the Filter

Your HVAC system has one major consumable, and that is the filter. You place it within the HVAC system itself, usually by opening a panel and putting the unit in.

It’s a large “screen” that is designed to catch and capture contaminants and particulates that would otherwise continue to be circulated throughout your home.

dirty air filters

The filter protects you by providing a healthier, cleaner environment, but it also ensures your HVAC works efficiently.

The normal recommendation is to replace your filter every three months for normal households.

However, people with different circumstances, such as being regular indoor smokers, or owners of several furry pets may want to conduct replacements more frequently.

Inspect & Clear Outdoor Fixtures

Modern furnaces and air conditioners have a lot of requirements of access to air.

HVAC unitThey may take in air from the outdoors and process it for circulation in a home, or, after processing air, have waste, such as water or steam that needs to be removed from the system.

In either case, there is a need for clear, unobstructed air flow in order to operate properly.

While an air conditioner can work with a blocked condenser or a furnace with obscured ventilation, it means that it needs to work harder, and that means you may end up paying more on your energy bills.

It’s a simple task to periodically look at these outdoor fixtures and make sure they’re clear.

Why pay more for cool air in the summer, when you can lower the bill by clearing out some leaves?

Have an Annual Tune Up

One of the best things you can do is to bring a professional, but it doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be only when things have gone catastrophically wrong.

HVAC experts are also great at preventive maintenance.

Call in a professional to give your home an HVAC tune-up. Maybe your air conditioner needs some coolant wrench and screw driverrefilled.

There may be some blockage in your ventilation ducts that needs clearing out, or maybe your furnace needs to be readjusted.

These small tweaks now save you a lot of financial headaches later.