Although annual HVAC maintenance is invaluable for prolonging the life of your HVAC system, it is also helpful to perform some DIY maintenance yourself. Performing a little upkeep will help ensure that your HVAC system runs at peak capacity, an essential for Monroe’s constant cold weather. The experts at Iceberg Heating & Cooling have compiled a DIY HVAC maintenance checklist for ambitious homeowners. Read below to help maintain your HVAC system year-round!
Have Your HVAC Filters Been Replaced?
- HVAC filters are meant to prevent dust and debris from clogging your HVAC system and should be replaced every 2-3 months.
- Although 2-3 months is the recommended time to replace your filter, the window might be shorter for larger families and those with pets.
- Check your filters for any clogs or build-ups, and if the filter itself is in suitable condition.
Is Your Furnace in Good Condition?
- Check your furnace for noticeable deterioration or damages, as well as any loose connections or leaks.
- Vacuum along the furnace perimeter and remove any trash or debris around the unit.
- Turn on your furnace and listen for any loud, or unusual sounds.
- When your furnace is turned on, also check to see if it takes significant time to reach the desired temperature.
Is Your Attic Insulation Adequate?
- Examine your attic’s insulation for any inadequate placement. If insulation is significantly above or below your attic floors joists, air leakage can occur.
- When examining your insulation levels, also check for any uneven areas. Insulation should be at an even level in your attic for maximum insulation.
- Check your insulation’s condition for any noticeable rips, tears, or holes.
Are Your Outdoor Units in Good Condition?
- Before checking your outdoor air conditioning condenser or heat pump, be sure they are completely turned off to avoid damaging their parts.
- Wipe off any snow, ice, or water from your outdoor units. For a more comprehensive guide on treating a heat pump that has iced over, click here.
- Clear your outdoor unit’s area from any debris or leaves obstructing the airflow.
- Check the interior of the units for any rust, leaves or debris.
Do Your Vents Provide Enough Airflow?
- Identify every supply and return vent in your home. Supply vents distribute conditioned air, while return vents draw in existing air.
- Supply and return vents can be found on the floors, walls, and ceilings of a home.
- Check each vent for noticeable dirt/dust build-ups or damages, as well as any moisture.
- Consider using a hand vacuum or hose attachment to gently remove any major clumps from each vent.
Is Your Utility Bill Reasonable?
- Examine and compare your current utility bill with previous statements.
- Although utility bills do fluctuate depending on the time of year, extremely significant changes in energy usage could signify an issue with your HVAC system.
After running your HVAC system through a DIY maintenance checklist, you may have noticed a previously unseen issue. If you are experiencing problems from your HVAC system or would like to schedule a professional maintenance inspection, contact Iceberg Heating & Cooling today! Our services span every aspect of your HVAC system, whether it be heating or cooling. Give us a call at (734) 375-1119 to schedule an appointment and help ensure the comfort of your Monroe home.