Your Bethel Park, PA home HVAC system works hard to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the year, and as with all machines, there will be some routine wear and tear. That’s why it’s so essential that you take a few necessary HVAC maintenance steps.

Change or Clean Air Filters for HVAC Maintenance

In our experience, one of the most common causes of HVAC problems is a dirty air filter. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to solve. If your system has a reusable filter, you need to wash it with water and let it air dry completely before you put it back in. Don’t wipe the filter dry, as this can damage it, and never run your system while the filter is out.

If your system uses disposable filters, check the size and MERV rating currently in your system or refer to your manual for the correct size and MERV rating. It’s important to use the correct size and MERV-rated filter that the manufacturer recommends.

Clean the Condensate Line

The condensate drain line removes condensation that forms around your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Without regular cleaning, the drain line can eventually become clogged with algae or mold, which can in turn cause water damage, elevated humidity and bad odors inside your home.

Before cleaning the drain line, turn off power to the system at both the thermostat and the breaker. You can use a handheld or shop vacuum to remove any excess moisture and clear any clogs. Clean the drain line with distilled vinegar or a diluted bleach mixture and flush it with water, making sure it runs clear.

Schedule Tune-Ups

Good home maintenance is important, but ultimately, you need professional maintenance to get peak performance out of your HVAC systems. A professional tune-up will clear up any emerging issues with your system, maximizing energy efficiency and preventing expensive future repairs. To learn more, check out Valley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s maintenance solutions or give us a call at (724) 204-8294.

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