An HVAC system is one of the most essential parts of home comfort. It regulates temperatures and ensures your family is safe, cozy, and happy. At Service Champions, we want to help you extend the life of your HVAC system, that’s why we’re sharing our list of monthly HVAC maintenance tasks. These tasks aren’t chores, they’re easy and most people can accomplish them in a short amount of time without any outside help. Just complete these 5 steps to keep your home safe and comfortable.
One: Prune Around the Outdoor Unit
Your condenser lives outside. In Southern California, it has a pretty charmed life, but there are always things you should be watching out for. To extend the quality and life of your condenser, don’t forget landscaping. Plants and shrubs should be 2-3 feet away from the condenser, and it’s important to check for any loose debris that might be too close. Also, trees are great for shade, but make sure they’re not hanging too low. Branches should be 6-8 feet above your condenser. If you see any plant life encroaching on these boundaries, consider pruning.
Two: Check the Refrigerant Lines
While you’re outside with your condenser, take a moment to look at the refrigerant lines. These lines transport refrigerant from your outdoor condenser to your indoor air conditioner and they should be insulated. The insulation protects the lines from condensation build up and potential water damage. A simple visual inspection will let you know how the lines are and if they need any extra attention.
Three: Examine the Air Filter
One of the best things you can do for your family and your HVAC system is to routinely check the air filter. Any air that circulates through your home must first pass through the filter. When it does, the filter removes dust, pollen, dander, and other microbials; making your air healthy to breathe. We recommend changing your air filter twice every year—once at the start of furnace season, and once at the start of AC season. But it would be hugely beneficial to just pull it out and give it a quick visual inspection. By regularly checking your air filter, you can breathe easily knowing the air in your home is clean and healthy.
Four: If Necessary, Replace the Batteries
How many times have you thought something was broken only to realize it needed new batteries? It’s happened to us more often than we care to admit. This is why you should routinely check the batteries in your thermostat. We’ve covered issues with faulty thermostats before; and one of the simplest fixes is to change the batteries. Also, this is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Five: Make Sure You Have Service Champions’ Phone Number
If you notice anything amiss during your monthly HVAC maintenance check, don’t hesitate to call Service Champions. Our expertly trained technicians travel to Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties to provide the best in plumbing, heating, and AC repair. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, reach out to our friendly call center representatives or click here to request an appointment online.