Exploring The Importance Of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Hello, my name is Darby Aldrich. I would like to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system. When I moved to a hot climate, I did not realize how vital having a running air conditioner was for living comfortably. When the unit just stopped working one day, the temperature inside the house rivaled the piping hot weather outdoors. We had to go to the community center to keep the kids from feeling sick. While we were gone, we had a local HVAC contractor fix the unit. She let us know that some simple maintenance tasks would prevent that situation in the future. I will use this site to closely explore those tasks in great detail. I hope you can use the information to keep your air conditioner running like new. Thanks.

Four Ways To Help Maintain Your HVAC


Learning to care for the HVAC system in your house can be a bit overwhelming as a new homeowner. Your heating and air conditioning can be easily overlooked until the weather is unfriendly and you find yourself with a broken unit! There are a few things you can do to help educate yourself and take better care of your HVAC system so it will work for you longer. Here are four ways you can help maintain your HVAC.

Spray It Down

Look for the unit that sits near the exterior of your home. Most units are in a metal cage with vented sides. Throughout the year, your unit can collect dust, dirt, leaves, and other debris. When airflow is harder to maintain, your HVAC system has to work harder than it should. You can use a pressure washer on a low setting or get a spray nozzle on the hose to help direct the flow. Spraying the unit down can help flush some of this stuff out. 

Get It Covered

When you're done with your air conditioning for the year, it is time to get your outdoor unit covered. Most home improvement stores sell air conditioner covers that can be secured easily and help keep them covered. If you don't want to purchase a cover, you can use a large tarp to cover it and use rope, straps, or bungee cords to tie it down. If you live in an area with a lot of snow or leaves, this is especially important. The less wear and tear it endures, the longer your unit will work for you.

Change Air Filters

Changing the air filters in your home is one of the easiest ways to maintain your HVAC. These filters get clogged when the forced air in your home is circulating to bring you warm or cold air. When air is not flowing freely, the resistance can cause issues with your HVAC. Most filters are on the HVAC unit in the utility room of the home. You can also check on the air intake vents on the ceiling or wall of your home. Consult your HVAC owner's manual to find the right size filter to buy and how often they recommend you replace it. 

Schedule a Yearly Check Up

Having a regular HVAC check up on the unit in your home is a great way to avoid costly repairs and replacement. Find an HVAC contractor that offers a detailed package you can afford to purchase yearly. Having this work done early in the off-season is a great way to find great rates and ensure you're not waiting in line for weeks for service.

Learn more about the HVAC unit in your home and find a good HCAV contractor to trust with maintenance and repair. Ask all your questions and get educated about these important systems in your home.


10 December 2020