Properly maintaining your home’s HVAC system is easier when you utilize a maintenance schedule. Making sure you perform specific monthly, seasonal, and annual maintenance tasks will ensure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible, help prevent costly repairs, and keep your overall energy costs down. Stay on top of your Hampton, Virginia, home’s HVAC maintenance by making sure the maintenance tasks listed below are in your schedule.

Monthly

Monthly maintenance for your HVAC system usually involves making sure your units are free of debris and that your filter is clean and not clogged. You should change your filter once every one to two months depending on how it looks and how much debris it accumulates. Additionally, you should check your refrigerant lines to make sure they are free of dirt as well as cracks or leaks.

Seasonally

One of the first items to address seasonally is the area around each of your HVAC unit components. Make sure to cut back any tall grass or brush at least a foot around your outdoor AC unit and make sure there is no clutter or items around your furnace. Too much debris or clutter can get into your system and cause your unit to stop functioning properly or become dangerous. You should make sure that all leaves and pine needles are cleaned out of fins on your unit.

Annually

Every year you should have a full inspection of your HVAC system to ensure that everything is in working order and there are no immediate repair needs. During your annual maintenance visit, the base pan should be inspected for possible blockages, and all of the coils and lines should be cleaned and checked for damage. The fan blades need to be checked both while they are in motion, as well as when they are stopped and looking for wear and tear and damaged areas are also important. Electrical boxes and wires should be checked as well.

The best way to stay on track with your regular HVAC maintenance is by obtaining a maintenance plan. To schedule service or sign up for your contract, contact the HVAC specialists at Lighthouse Mechanical Heating and Cooling at 757-251-0579 today.

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