Do-It-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips

If you live in areas of Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Prospect Heights, Lincolnshire, Palatine, or Mt Prospect, IL, you know that a well-functioning HVAC unit is essential to your home’s comfort. While experts should handle the installation, repair, and servicing of your HVAC system, there are some simple do-it-yourself tips to help maintain your unit.

1. Keep Your HVAC Unit Clean
Dirt and particles can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. You may consider cleaning the outside compressor with a regular gardening hose to remove any dirt and debris that could obstruct airflow. However, a high-pressure spray might damage some delicate areas, so taking adequate precaution is necessary.

2. Check Your Filter Regularly
A clean filter can enhance air quality and extends the life of your unit. Replace the filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on the type and use. The replacement procedure is usually straightforward, although it may vary depending on the model of your HVAC system.

3. Get a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can provide energy savings and overall comfort by adjusting the temperature according to your schedule and preferences.

4. Cover the Outdoor Unit in Winters
Protect your external AC unit from winter weather and debris by covering it properly. Use a waterproof cover specially designed to fit your system.

5. Keep Condenser Coils Clean
Evaporator and condenser coils collect dust over their service life, reducing your system’s ability to cool your home. Occasionally clean these coils to maintain your machine’s efficiency.

6. Check the Condensate Drain
Occasionally, check the condensate drain for any blockage. A clogged condensate drain can lead to water damage and affect humidity levels.

7. Annual Servicing
Even with proper DIY maintenance, professional servicing is recommended annually. Especially before the start of heating or cooling seasons, get your system checked by a professional HVAC technician.

Remember, while these tips can help extend the lifespan of your unit and improve its efficiency, they can’t replace professional HVAC installation, repair, and service. An expert from Discount Heating & Cooling is better equipped and trained to handle complex HVAC issues that you can’t manage by yourself. If you are unsure about any DIY steps or if your system isn’t performing as it should, it’s wise to call in the professionals.