Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Cleaning The Inside And Outside Of Your Heat Pump

Kristin Pierce

Your heat pump is a workhorse. It consumes a lot of electricity because it houses some of the most important components in a central HVAC system. The heat pump on the outside of your home is connected to the furnace or air mover, and it is just one part of this large and complicated system. However, the pump also holds the compressor and condenser. These are all interconnected as they pull heat away from and out of your home while also producing cold air.

The heat pump also happens to be the most at-risk part of the central HVAC system. They are outside of the building, so they get exposed to the elements 24/7. There is a good chance that your heat pump will need more maintenance than any other part of the system.

DIY Cleaning Will Be Helpful

Of course, good HVAC maintenance relies on professional contractors who can service and clean your vital components. However, it also necessitates that the homeowner does their part. Cleaning your heat pump once every couple of years can ultimately save you money and reduce your reliance on professional contractors.

To handle some basic heat pump cleaning, you don't even need to open up the cabinet. However, you do want to make absolutely sure that this unit is turned off so that there is no risk of it powering on while you are working around it.

Cleaning Inside the Cabinet

If you have a hose vacuum with a thin enough hose, you can usually sneak it through the top of the protective cage on the top of the unit. This will enable you to suck any leaves or debris that might have fallen into the main compartment. Usually, a small amount of debris will be very inconsequential. But, if you have a heat pump that is located under a tree that is constantly dropping leaves or pollen, it can definitely build up and cause issues with certain aspects of your system.

Cleaning the Outside of the Cabinet

Many people are surprised to find out that cleaning the outside of the heat pump is just as important as clean inside. The outside of the heat pump is more likely to be dirty, and it is where the vital condenser fins that are secured to the outside of the coils are. When these fins get dirty, the condenser coils become less effective. So, one of the most effective cleaning jobs is to spray out the condenser fins with a hose. This will remove dirt that could be causing the system to labor and use more electricity.

For more information, contact your local heating repair service.