You wouldn’t drive your car 10,000 miles without an oil change or go years without seeing a dentist. Just like anything we depend on to provide us with a longstanding service, our HVAC systems need some TLC every now and then—especially with harsh seasonal use. While it’s best to have most home HVAC maintenance done by a professional, there are a few things you can do at home to ensure your HVAC system is working reliably and efficiently so there won’t be issues when you need it most.
HVAC preventative maintenance
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to HVAC units, this couldn’t be truer. Taking care of problems that may arise before they happen is going to save you big in the long run, not only on parts and labor, but also on your energy bill. Be sure to check your HVAC system twice a year—in the spring and in the fall—and right before the respected seasons where you would use either heating and cooling to make sure you’re not left out in the cold or suffer the heat. Additionally, use this home HVAC maintenance checklist to ensure things are going to run smoothly:
- Inspect the outdoor unit to be sure it’s free of debris.
- Check for the proper level of refrigerant. If you’re not sure how to do this, be sure to call an American Standard Customer Care dealer, who can come to your house and perform any necessary maintenance to your entire system.
- Clean or replace the air filter.
- Check the airflow to ensure there is no blockage.
- Clean air vents.
Professional HVAC maintenance
Most dealers provide an annual service plan for customers who purchase their HVAC system through them. Read your service agreement to see when and how often an at-home care professional can come to perform maintenance. Again, it’s best to perform bi-annual service to ensure your system is working optimally, ideally in between seasons, and an American Standard Customer Care dealer can assess your current HVAC situation and perform a thorough HVAC preventative maintenance.
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