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HVAC Maintenance Tips

Published on July 09, 2015
Remodeling and Home Design

Here’s one place where you shouldn’t be lazy about home maintenance: your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. HVAC maintenance is similar to the maintenance on your car: if you don’t change your engine oil, replace the filters or replace the belts, your engine will ultimately shut down and not operate. If you spend $40 on an oil change and air filter exchange for your car, it will ultimately save you thousands of dollars in potential car repairs. A few hundred dollars in HVAC maintenance will keep your system humming longer, lengthening the amount of time you will have between HVAC system replacements.

 The best place to start with HVAC maintenance is checking the owner’s manual. The manufacturer will outline what basic maintenance procedures will keep your system running well. If you lost the manuals, or never received them from the previous homeowners, just call the manufacturer and they can send or email you new ones.  


Calling in an HVAC professional twice a year, once in the spring for your air conditioner and once in the fall for your furnace, will also help ensure that all parts are good to go. The pro will also be able to alert you to changes they see in the system, allowing you to get in front of them before those issues become a very expensive repair.

 

The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following general guidelines for maintaining your HVAC system:

 

Monthly DIY

 

 

 

Annual Professional Maintenance

 

 

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