Maintenance Minute – HVAC Preventative Maintenance

Summer in Arizona is an especially busy time for HVAC professionals. With so many problems occurring with cooling equipment, now is a great time to start implementing HVAC preventative maintenance strategies. Following is a list of 10 simple ways you can care for your HVAC equipment.

General HVAC Preventative Maintenance

1. Ensure that there is roughly 2 feet of space in every direction around outdoor HVAC units to keep the units free of debris

2. Keep all surfaces of HVAC units and underneath units free of leaves, grass and other debris

3. Check to make sure that units are level and not leaning too much one way or the other

4. Clean the AC condensate drain with a bleach & water mixture each year

5. Clean the unit’s fins from the inside out with a strong stream hose — but not with a pressure washer

6. Straighten bent fins when you locate them

7. Replace air filters every 3 months

8. Purchase high efficiency pleated air filters

9. Have a qualified professional inspect your equipment once or twice a year

10. For all of your HVAC needs, hire an AMA-Approved Heating or Air Conditioning specialist!


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Taylor Fish
Taylor is a staff writer for Multihousing Friends and a student at Brigham Young University.