Note: If you are unsure of how to do any of this on your own, feel free to contact us for help on how to perform this heating and cooling maintenance yourself, or set up an appointment to have a service technician provide maintenance for you.
As with any purchase, new homeowners want to know how best to care for their investment. Considering that air conditioning and heating systems play such a large role in overall comfort, system maintenance will ensure absolute running efficiency.
Don’t worry! Performing regular maintenance on your system should not require a lot of effort. Setting aside less than an hour every month to perform a few routine procedures will help keep energy costs down and allow your system to perform at peak efficiency. If you are serious about extending the life of your system, keep the checklist below for future reference.
STEP 1: Clean or change air filters
Whether your system uses disposable or reusable filters, it is important they be maintained to allow your system to breathe better.
Disposable filters: change every 30 days
Reusable filters: wash every 30 days
High performance air filters: as recommended by manufacturer
Keeping your filter clean will prevent system malfunction, increases in your energy bills, and reductions in the life expectancy of your system. For more information on benefits of high performance filter options that may be available for your system or enroll in our Filter Replacement Program.
STEP 2: Maintain the outdoor unit
It is important to maintain a clean outdoor unit.
First, shut the power off to your outdoor air conditioning unit, either at the breaker and/or at the disconnect box. Spray the air conditioner coil down with a hose to clean off any debris. If you have cottonwood trees close by, you may need to do this several times each spring. Trim bushes away 18” from the air conditioner to prevent a restriction of air to the unit. It may be necessary to use professional coil cleaner to remove built-up pollution on the coil. Do not use household chemicals that could cause corrosion damage to the coil. It is best to have a professional perform this when needed. It is not necessary to cover the outdoor unit during the winter.
STEP 3: Check the indoor unit
Inspect your indoor unit to protect against water damage.
Check that there are no water leaks and that the system is draining properly. Turn the unit on and let it run for about 15 minutes, periodically checking for any visible water leaks. Water build-up (due to the condensation on your indoor unit’s plumbing) is nothing to be nervous about. However, if there is a significant accumulation due to a broken, loose or malfunctioning part, your problem could eventually turn into a costly repair. In addition, blockages inside your pipes can also become hazardous to your system. If your system is leaking water in any significant way, call a service technician immediately.
While these three steps will help to keep your system in proper running order, the best way to save money and avoid system malfunctions is professional, seasonal tune-ups. Having our service professionals perform a full 15-point tune-up each heating and cooling season helps to keep your system running…like a finely-tuned vehicle.
Regular maintenance (coupled with seasonal 15-point tune-ups) can help lower your energy bills as well as provide extended life and efficiency to your indoor and outdoor comfort systems. For additional information and to find out what steps you can take to maintain your system see our Essential Service & Essential HomeCare plans. Schedule an appointment for a full system tune-up with a trained technician.