The answer is always yes, 100% yes. You must routinely clean your HVAC system if you want it to last as long as the manufacturer says it can. Of course, parts can break down along the way, and we’ll replace them, but they’ll break down less often if you clean them regularly. Cleaning your HVAC system helps it operate more efficiently, and it won’t be working twice as hard to do the same job. That state of affairs costs you more money on your utilities and on the system itself when it inevitably breaks down.
If you don’t feel confident cleaning your system on your own, that’s fine – our team at Ambient Edge can help you. We can also fix anything that may already be broken, or that is in danger of breaking down at any moment, to keep your machine running free of interruptions. Call us today at (928) 433-2979 to learn more about how we can help you take the best care of your HVAC unit.
You’ll see us mention air filters all over our website because they truly are one of the most important parts on your HVAC unit to clean. What’s great about filters is that, in most cases, it is easy enough for the average person to get to, so you may be able to clean and change them without needing to call a professional. Clean your filters about once a month, or more often if your HVAC is running constantly, like in the extreme weather months.
You should also replace your filters every 60 to 90 days. Don’t try to get through a whole season on the same filter. This is especially true if you have pets, live with a smoker, or have a breathing condition. Dander, fur, and smoke are all pollutants that can clog up your air filters faster than average use.
If you run your HVAC unit less often, you may be able to get away with stretching the replacement to that 90-day mark, but no further. After you clean the filter, hold it up to a light source. You’ll know it’s time to replace it when the light no longer shines through it.
Cleaning Your Air Conditioner
How to clean your air conditioner depends, of course, on whether you have a separate outdoor unit or just an indoor unit like the ones that go in your windows. Of course, if you have an outdoor unit you’ll need to clean it more frequently, since it will get dirty much faster than your indoor unit.
With your indoor unit, you only really need to worry about keeping its filter clean. That, and keeping any potential obstacles away from it that could otherwise disrupt airflow.
With your outside unit, foliage becomes the problem. Sweep or leaf-blow away any dirt, grass, leaves, branches – anything small near the unit that can end up inside the unit and cause a problem. As for plant life, clip everything within a two-foot radius of the unit so plants don’t end up growing into it. (Nature can, and will, find a way.)
Before you hose down your unit, don’t forget to turn off its power source. Wash it down with a garden hose on low pressure so you don’t damage it. If you’re feeling brave, you can gently (very gently) wash the condenser coils.
Maintaining a Clean Furnace
Many folks would rather leave the furnace cleaning to the professionals, and that’s fine. With both electricity and fire (or gas, depending on your type of furnace) to deal with, cleaning your furnace is certainly a more dangerous job than cleaning your air conditioner. Our motto is, if you don’t feel comfortable or confident doing something, call a professional. You don’t want to make the problem worse and then pay twice as much to fix it.
There are still ways you can take care of your own furnace. You can periodically check the flame color, for one thing. Blue is good. Streaks of yellow or red are flags signaling a call for service for either a cleaning or an adjustment.
You can also vacuum around your furnace to remove as much dust and debris as possible. The less that’s around, the less trouble it can cause later.
Call Ambient Edge to Help with All Your HVAC System’s Cleaning Needs
At Ambient Edge, we specialize in preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is great because it takes all the stress off you and leaves the cleaning responsibilities to us. Once a year, we’ll stop by and thoroughly clean, tweak, and check your HVAC unit from top to bottom. Our goal? To make sure you don’t need to see us again anytime soon for a repair or breakdown.
We also offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Give us a call at (928) 433-2979 or message us online. We’re here with you every step of the way to keep your HVAC system in proper working order for as long as possible. Don’t hesitate – call us today, and let’s get started!