Own An HVAC Unit? Keep It Running With These 2 Tips

If you own an HVAC unit, there are things you must do periodically to keep it running efficiently for you. This can help save you a lot of money as your unit will last much longer if you take proper care of it. To help you get started, below are two tips to keep your HVAC unit running.

1. Clear and Clean Drain Line

Your HVAC unit cools the air in your home, but it also removes moisture from the air, also known as humidity. When the water is removed from the air the water then moves through a drain line. Over time, this drain line can become clogged up and dirty. When this happens, drain line will overflow causing damage to your HVAC system.

Mold, mildew, and algae can also build up inside the drain line. You do not want any of these things in the line as the spores can get into the air inside your home.

Go outside and look at your HVAC unit. You will see small piping come out of the unit. This piping is the drain line. If you notice it has clogs in it or any type of debris, use a shop vac to remove the clogs. When finished, pour approximately one cup of household bleach into the drain line. This will kill all germs and clean the line.

2. Maintain Air Duct System

You need to keep an eye on the air duct system. This is because the air from your unit runs through these ducts and into your home through the registers. If there are any leaks in the duct work, then air is lost as it travels through the ducts. This will make your HVAC unit work much harder to keep your home at the right temperature. This will also make the unit run longer, which can raise your energy bills each month.

The duct work is underneath your home in the crawlspace or basement. You can crawl under there or go into the basement and use a flashlight to check for any leaks. If you see small leaks, you can close them up with duct tape. There are also repair kits available that you can use to repair these leaks. If you see a lot of leaks, however, then that ductwork needs to be replaced.

Talk with an HVAC contractor about this information. They can give you many more tips on how to keep your HVAC unit running well for you, as well as do the work above if you do not want to do these things on your own. For more information, contact a company like Reid’s AC & Heat.