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    What Can I Do to Prevent Build-Up on my HVAC units?

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016  |  Smoak's Comfort Control

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    Numerous issues can cause your HVAC unit to malfunction. One of the main problems could be a buildup of materials such as dirt, snow, dust, debris and trash on exterior and interior coils impeding proper air flow to the system. Fortunately, there are a number of fixes that won’t cost you a penny.

    Before contacting an HVAC professional, here are several simple things you can do to get your HVAC unit back up and running in no time:

    • Regularly clean your furnace filters or replace them if necessary
    • Ensure there is at least two feet of space around outdoor heating and cooling units.
    • Eliminate any clutter on or around your system, and also any debris around the condenser and evaporator, including leaves, bark, grass and weeds.
    • Clean the evaporator and condenser coils: Evaporator coils tend to remain moist, thus facilitating the growth of mold.
    • Avert clogs: Pour a mixture of bleach and water down the condensate drain to prevent a buildup of micro-organisms.
    • Perform regular maintenance: Nearly all common causes of heating and cooling unit problems can be easily prevented with regular maintenance. This may include repairing any cabinet air leaks, annual cleaning and adjusting of dampers, inspecting the fan, bearings, and belts twice a year and replacing them as necessary, cleaning and replacing the furnace filter after every three months to prevent the buildup of dirt, micro-organisms, and mold, and cleaning the coils at least twice per year.

    If you follow these tips, your HVAC system should cool and heat your home efficiently and efficiently giving you the comfort you deserve in no time. However, if the problem persists, do not hesitate to contact your HVAC technician to test and fix any possible issue with your heating and cooling units. For all of your HVAC needs, count on the pros at Smoak's!

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