Efficient DIY HVAC Maintenance for Tucson Homeowners

Since 1949, Perry Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has been the leading HVAC and plumbing company for Tucson, AZ and surrounding communities, offering unmatched service from a dependable team. While professional maintenance is essential for optimal system performance, there are several DIY tasks homeowners can undertake to enhance their HVAC system’s efficiency and longevity.

Air Filter Replacement

Regularly replacing air filters is one of the most crucial DIY tasks for maintaining your HVAC system. Clogged filters restrict airflow, causing the system to work harder and consume more energy. Aim to replace filters every 1-3 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Outdoor Unit Care

  • Clear any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or grass clippings, from the area surrounding the outdoor unit to ensure proper airflow.
  • Trim back any vegetation that may be encroaching on the unit, allowing at least 2 feet of clearance on all sides.
  • Gently clean the condenser coils with a soft-bristle brush or vacuum attachment to remove any accumulated dirt or debris.

Indoor Unit Maintenance

To maintain your indoor HVAC components:

  1. Vacuum any accessible areas around the indoor unit to remove dust and debris.
  2. Check and clean the condensate drain line to prevent clogs and water backup.
  3. Inspect and replace any worn or damaged insulation on refrigerant lines.

Thermostat Optimization

Proper thermostat settings can significantly impact your energy consumption and comfort levels. Consider programming your thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically based on your schedule and preferences. Additionally, keep your thermostat away from direct sunlight, drafts, or heat sources for accurate temperature readings.

While DIY maintenance is essential, it’s crucial to schedule regular professional servicing with Perry Heating and Cooling to ensure your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency and to address any potential issues promptly. Their team of certified technicians has the expertise and tools to provide comprehensive maintenance and repairs, ensuring your family’s comfort and safety.