Monthly HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Your HVAC system is an important investment; one that should be taken care of. While we recommend professional cleaning and tune-ups twice per year, there are a few things you can do from home that will elongate the life of your heating and cooling system. The tasks we mention in this list are easy, effortless, and won’t take too much of your time. For your ease and comfort, here is our monthly HVAC maintenance checklist.
One: Inspect the air filter
We’ve written about the importance of changing your air filter, but what about regularly checking it? Your air filter is an essential part of maintaining home comfort. Any air that circulated through your home first passes through the air filter where potentially dangerous microbials and dust are caught before they make it into your lungs. By checking your air filter every month, you can ensure the air in your home is healthy and your air system is running at peak efficiency. You’ll also be able to learn which months are harder on your air filter and if you should change it more often.
Two: Check the Outdoor Unit
Though it’s still a little chilly, that’s no excuse to ignore your condenser. Basic yard and HVAC maintenance can help extend the life and quality of the condenser. As a general rule of thumb, plants should be 2-3 feet away from your AC unit. To make sure no debris is getting in, check the area around your condenser once every month and clear away any weeds, grass, or other debris. Also, trees make a difference for your AC unit. Shade will help keep your unit cool, but don’t let dead branches get too close. All trees should be pruned, and branches should rest 6-8 feet above your condenser.
Three: Check the Batteries
When we say batteries, we mean the ones in your thermostat. If a thermostat’s battery runs out, it could be at the least annoying and at worst, alarming. Your thermostat talks to the entire HVAC system and tells it what to do. If the batteries aren’t fully functioning, you could be in for a rude, or cold, awakening one morning. While you’re at it, consider checking the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Four: Look at the Refrigerant Lines
Something that many homeowners overlook when conducting monthly HVAC maintenance are the refrigerant lines. These lines move refrigerant from the air conditioner to the outdoor condenser. These lines should have insulation around them to prevent condensation and water damage. Don’t forget to do a quick visual inspection of these lines to see if any of the insulation is damaged.
Five: Put Moore Home Services on Speed Dial
As part of your monthly HVAC maintenance, consider saving our phone number. If you’re experiencing any problems with your pluming, heating, or air conditioning, our expert technicians are here to help. Moore Home Services is a Diamond Certified company proudly serving Santa Rosa, Marin County, and surrounding communities. If you have a question, or want to request an appointment, reach out to our friendly call center representatives, or schedule a visit online.