HVAC systems are so essential in the home, but often we don’t think about them much at all until something goes wrong—and then we really realize just how much we need them.
There is nothing worse than your HVAC system breaking down in the middle of the summer or winter, and routine maintenance is often the best way to prevent this from happening. When it comes to DIY, there are some things that you can do on your own with HVAC systems, but sometimes you will need to call in the pros.
Routine Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
Some routine maintenance you can do yourself, and in fact it is a very good idea to do so because you can make some significant savings. For example, check the air filter once every one or two months for dust and dirt. Hold it up to the light, and if the light struggles to get through, it’s time to replace it. The problem with air filters is that when they get clogged, they can really have an impact on the system’s efficiency, so it is well worth checking your filters regularly. Check the Energy.com site for more details on DIY projects that can save you energy.
In addition, you may want to clean the condenser coils, add lubricant to the motor, and clean the evaporator, which are all jobs that you may be able to do on your own depending on your abilities.