With summer winding down in El Paso, it’s time to take stock of your refrigerated air system and take care of any maintenance needs. This is especially important since, soon, you’ll be switching modes from cooling to heating, and you want your system to be ready for winter. Therefore, here are some essential tips for maintaining your refrigerated air system to get as many years out of it as possible.
Change Your Air Filters
The number one maintenance tip for homeowners is to change their air filters every three months or as needed. Furnace air filters are attached to the furnace and have the responsibility of keeping your air as clean as possible. Over time, they accumulate dirt, dust, pollen, bacteria, and other debris and contaminants and need to be replaced with a new one.
Clear the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit
When it comes to your outside unit, whether it’s an AC or a heat pump, it’s important to keep the immediate area around the unit clear of debris. That means trimming back bushes, trees, and grass that grows near the unit. Your outdoor unit needs room to breathe, and having things too close to it will block refrigerated air, resulting in an overworked unit that doesn’t last as long as it should.
Clean Your Coils and Blower
As you’re clearing the area around your outdoor unit, you should also take time to clean it. The best way to do this is to turn it off and use a garden hose to spray water at an upward angle into the coils and compressor. Continue doing this until you see clear water running out the bottom of the unit, indicating a clean interior.
After cleaning the refrigerated air unit, you should proceed inside and do the same with your furnace or air handler. Simply remove the furnace cover and use a vacuum or shop vac to sweep up as much dirt and grime as possible inside the furnace. This will help protect your blower fan and motor, resulting in extra years of life.
Invest in Professional Refrigerated Air Maintenance in El Paso
While there are several things you can do to prolong the life of your refrigerated air system, the best way to do this is by contacting us at Scott Heating & Cooling. We can perform an in-depth inspection of your El Paso refrigerated air system and repair or replace any necessary components. Our inspection will also include a thorough cleaning and servicing of your refrigerated air system to help it last as long as possible. Call (915) 595-4529 to learn more about our services.