Keeping your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in top shape is crucial for maintaining a comfortable living environment and minimizing energy costs. While it’s always advisable to have regular professional maintenance, there are several DIY tasks you can perform to ensure your HVAC unit operates efficiently. In this article, we’ll provide you with some helpful DIY tips from Gordon’s Heating & Air.

1. Air Filter Replacement

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is one of the most important and easiest DIY tasks. A clogged filter can restrict airflow, causing your unit to work harder and consume more energy. It’s recommended to replace the filter every three months or as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Outdoor Unit Cleaning

  • Clear any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or dirt, from the area surrounding the outdoor unit.
  • Use a soft-bristle brush or a garden hose (without a high-pressure nozzle) to gently clean the unit’s fins and coils.
  • Ensure that the unit has adequate clearance from any obstructions to allow proper airflow.

3. Thermostat Calibration

If your thermostat is not reading the correct temperature, it can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently. You can calibrate your thermostat by following the manufacturer’s instructions or by consulting a professional HVAC technician.

4. Ductwork Inspection

Inspect your ductwork for any leaks or damages. Leaky ducts can lead to significant energy loss and decreased system efficiency. If you notice any issues, seal the leaks with duct tape or mastic sealant, or consider having a professional duct sealing service performed.

5. Condensate Drain Line Clearing

The condensate drain line carries away moisture from your HVAC system. If this line becomes clogged, it can cause water damage or system malfunctions. Periodically inspect and clear any blockages in the drain line using a wet/dry vacuum or a small brush.

Remember, while these DIY tips can help maintain your HVAC unit’s efficiency, it’s always recommended to schedule regular professional maintenance with Gordon’s Heating & Air. Our certified technicians have the expertise and equipment to thoroughly inspect, clean, and service your HVAC system, ensuring optimal performance and extending its lifespan.