Air-Conditioner Maintenance

Use these expert tips to keep your air conditioner in proper working condition. The best time to service an air conditioner is before it’s actually needed. Remember, regular maintenance and cleaning are extremely important.

Change the filter monthly. Other than the regular filter, there are additional ones that can be used, but check with an air-conditioning maintenance person first.

You can get a cap from a hardware store to put on the end of your air-conditioning drain. After capping it, ...

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How to Clean an Air Handler

Get rid of irritating smells with these step-by-step instructions on how to clean the coils, rebuild and replace an A/C air handler.

Step 1: Dismantle the Air Unit

Note: This project requires intermediate to advanced air-conditioning repair skills. Also, check with the manufacturer of the unit regarding detailed repair and warranty information.

Shut down the A/C unit outside and retract the coolant in the refrigerant line to avoid any spills. Only then can the refrigerant line be detached inside. Also disconnect the condensation ...

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Tips for Maintaining a Furnace

Maintaining a furnace is an important part of taking care of your home. These tips and web extras provide information on the types of filters available and the best ways to keep a furnace in check.

Maintaining a Furnace
Filter Information

Spun Fiberglass Filters are the least expensive, disposable filters. They don’t, however, adequately filter out finer particles.

Pleated Disposable Filters are more costly but will provide four to eight times the filtering capability of the spun fiberglass filters.

Washable Electrostatic Filters have a ...

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Maintenance Checklist

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following:

Cooling Specific

Heating Specific

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The Secret To DIY HVAC Maintenance

Maintaining your home HVAC system can seem like a daunting thing. However, it does not need to be confusing, frustrating or problematic. In fact, there are several things that you can do to maintain your HVAC system and even improve its performance and efficiency. Here are the top ways to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible, no matter the season, while spending less money on your heating and cooling needs.

The most important thing to do is to check ...

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Improve the Way Your HVAC System Works

Your Filter

The first thing to check is your air filter. If you’re not sure where it’s located, it’s usually installed on the top or side of your inside unit. If you have a permanent filter, make sure that you remove it and clean it thoroughly on a regular basis. However, a disposable filter is usually a better option, as cleaning a permanent one indoors can release trapped dirt and pollen back into your home. Make sure that you check your ...

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