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Posts Tagged ‘HVAC Maintenance’

How Often Should You Replace Your A/C Filter?

Performing routine maintenance and service is key to allowing your air conditioner to operate efficiently. One way to put less strain on your system is to replace your filter.

Switching out your filter offers numerous benefits, such as improving the energy efficiency of your system and enhancing indoor air quality, and it can also help you avoid expensive repairs. 

Typically, replacing your air filter every few months is a good idea, but you will need to do this more often if you suffer from allergies or have young children living in your home.

How to Change an Air Filter

Replacing an air filter is a quick and straightforward process that almost anyone can do independently. The first step is to verify that you have the correct size filter, as the filter size is often printed on the side of the old filter (when removing, take note of the orientation arrow). You can purchase an air filter at a home improvement store or visit an HVAC business. 

Next Step in Changing an Air Filter

Once you find the correct filter, turning the power off is vital before taking out the old filter. Some filters are designed to be reusable, as you will need to clean them by removing dirt and debris. However, most people use replaceable filters for their homes. It’s also important to remember that the arrows on the filter’s frame need to point in the correct direction, as the filter needs to be directed towards the airflow and on the opposite side of the return duct.

Final Steps

Once the new filter is in place, you can turn the power back on. Setting yourself a reminder on your calendar is also helpful in remembering when you will need to replace your filter again, as it can be easy to forget without writing down the date. Scheduling HVAC maintenance services is a great way to stay proactive. These professionals can handle all these tasks to ensure your air conditioner is operating at the highest level.

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Expert Tips for Staying On Top of HVAC Maintenance in 2021

It’s no surprise that your HVAC requires period maintenance, like most machines. However, did you know that the more maintenance it receives, the more efficient it will be and the longer it will last? It’s true. By implementing a period maintenance plan, you can get the most out of your heating and cooling equipment.

As the area’s HVAC repair and maintenance experts, Melton’s Heating & Cooling wanted to provide you with some vital maintenance tips here!

1. Perform Your “Own” Routine Checks 

In addition to hiring an HVAC specialist, you can also perform your routine checks each month, inspecting your system for things like:

  • That there are at least two feet of space between the indoor components of your HVAC system. Allows your indoor unit to be able to get as much air as possible.
  • Remove shrubs, branches, leaves, and other things from your outdoor unit that can potentially cause an exhaust fan block.
  • Your air filters: if they are not clean, replace them. Clean filters increase your HVAC unit’s efficiency.
  • Leaks in your HVAC unit’s refrigerant lines may not be apparent

2. Perform Seasonal Maintenance Checks 

You should also have a licensed HVAC specialist to perform seasonal maintenance checks so they can:

  • Inspect its fan blades for proper operation.
  • Clean and replace its air filters if needed.
  • Clean its condenser and evaporator coils.
  • Check all of its heating and cooling components.
  • Inspect its electrical wiring.
  • Check your ductwork.
  • Check the refrigerant of your system.
  • Replace any worn parts.
  • Dust off any snow accumulated around your AC unit during winter.

3. Perform an Annual Inspection 

Last but certainly not least, having your HVAC unit inspected annually will ensure it’s running safely and efficiently. Technicians will check your HVAC system and replace any carbon monoxide detectors if you have them. They will also make sure all of your HVAC unit’s components are properly lubricated and clean its condensation drain line.

HVAC technicians will also inspect your outdoor unit to make sure it’s been installed on level ground.

For more about HVAC repairs and installations, contact us! 

If you need HVAC repairs or maintenance, contact the team from Melton’s Heating & Cooling today online or call (503) 378-7428.

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