Winter HVAC Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself

February 20, 2020
Man Inspecting Air Conditioner AC

As a homeowner, you understand that it’s important to schedule maintenance for the HVAC system in your White Oak, Texas, home. That’s because it’s best to leave most HVAC maintenance to the pros. But there are several tasks that are easy for you to do that will help your system run efficiently. Let’s look at four of them.

Change the Air Filter

The air filter traps dirt and dust before any contaminants enter into the HVAC system. A clogged filter restricts airflow. As a result, your HVAC system has to work harder to deliver treated air. Changing or cleaning the filter on a regular basis — about once a month — can help to keep the system clean and working efficiently.

Clean the Vents and Registers

Dirt and dust build up inside and around the vents and registers over time. Dirty vents restrict airflow and pressure builds up in the ductwork. If there’s a pressure imbalance in the ductwork, cold air gets sucked into the room through leaky windows and doors. Keep your system running in top condition by cleaning the vents and making sure there’s no furniture obstructing them.

Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean

Even though you’re not using the air conditioner in the winter, keeping the outdoor unit clean and free from debris helps to preserve it. Clear debris such as sticks or brush, and sweep leaves and dirt off of it.

Clean the Inside of the Furnace Cabinet

Open the cabinet on a regular basis and sweep or vacuum any dirt or dust. Make sure there are no rags or items that may catch on fire or restrict airflow. Keeping the cabinet clean helps the furnace run safely and efficiently.

These are simple tasks that you can do regularly. However, because of the complexity of the HVAC system, it’s best to have our highly trained and knowledgeable service technicians perform most of the maintenance. Give our team at JD’s A/C a call today at (903) 759-7483 to schedule an appointment for your winter HVAC maintenance

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