Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Preventative Maintenance To Keep Your HVAC System Running Properly

by Toni Richards

Access to a functional HVAC system ensures that you will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, regardless of how hot or cold it gets outside. Keeping your HVAC system in good repair should be a critical part of your home maintenance routine.

Here are three simple preventative maintenance tasks that you can perform to help eliminate the need for costly HVAC repairs in the future.

1. Check the air filter regularly.

Your HVAC unit pulls in air from outside in order to generate the hot or cold air needed to regulate your home's indoor air temperature. This air is sucked in through a filter to eliminate any dirt and debris particles that many be in the air before it goes through the combustion heating or cooling process.

The air filter can become clogged over time, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to access the air it needs to heat or cool your home. Changing the air filter regularly will prevent overuse and help you extend the life of your HVAC unit.

2. Clean the blower compartment.

Your HVAC unit is equipped with a blower fan that helps to circulate air throughout the unit. If dirt and debris are allowed to accumulate inside the compartment housing the blower fan, the motor powering the fan could burn out faster than it should.

Keeping the blower compartment clean is an essential preventative maintenance task if you want to keep your HVAC system running properly. You can use the wand attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris from the compartment, and a soft rag to gently wipe the surface of the blower fan's blades.

3. Lubricate moving parts.

There are many moving mechanical parts that contribute to the proper function of your HVAC system. To prevent unnecessary wear on these parts, you should ensure that they stay properly lubricated at all times.

Visit your local hardware store to purchase some lubricant designed specifically for use within HVAC systems. Apply this lubricant to the gears, pulleys, and component motors within your HVAC system regularly to ensure optimal performance well into the future.

Taking the time to perform some preventative maintenance will help you avoid the need for costly repairs when it comes to caring for your home's HVAC system. Replacing the air filter regularly, cleaning out the blower compartment, and keeping the HVAC system lubricated will help you improve performance and extend the life of your HVAC system.

For more information and help with maintenance, contact a professional HVAC company, like Norris Mechanical.