When you keep your unit maintained, you boost comfort, keep costs down and ensure it runs smoothly year round. It’s recommended that you get regular maintenance check-ups from a contractor twice a year — in the spring and fall.
In between check-ups, there are a few simple things you can do yourself to keep your system running at its peak.
- Check your air filter regularly. Check it every month, especially during heavy use months in the summer and winter. If it looks dirty, change it. Otherwise, change it every 3 months.
- Keep your system free of debris. Every week or so, clear your outdoor unit of leaves, dirt and sticks to allow for maximum airflow and to increase the lifespan of your system. (For safety reasons, contact a professional for internal cleaning of your unit.)
- Listen for unusual noises. Noises in your system usually signal a blockage, loose bolts or other problems that require immediate attention.
- Use fans to give your system a rest. Giving your system a break every now and then can lengthen its life and save you money.