Air-handler maintenance is neglected by many homeowners, leading to costly equipment failures, malfunctions and breakdowns. Preventive maintenance is vital to protecting the substantial investment you've made in your air-conditioning system.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIR HANDLERS
Here are the major components of an air handler, problems that can occur in them, and why air handler maintenance can keep your home more comfortable:
- Evaporator coils: Cool your air, but the buildup of dirt and other debris can keep them from working well. Your cooling coils should be cleaned regularly, with an alkaline-based solution for lightly soiled coils or an acidic cleaner for heavily soiled coils, as an essential part of air handler maintenance. A good HVAC contractor will know what to use and can do this service for you.
- Condensate pans: Collect the moisture that results from the cooling action of the coils. If they're not cleaned, dirt and debris clog the drain lines and can cause serious problems, such as corrosion, that are expensive to fix.
- The air blower: Is one of the easiest components to maintain, yet it's often overlooked. Simply keeping the blower's blades free of dirt can vastly improve system performance and efficiency. Similarly, you need to keep your air filter clean to maintain good airflow (and remove particulates from the air you breathe). This is a maintenance task most homeowners can do themselves, checking the filters monthly during the cooling season.
- Ductwork carries the cool air from your A/C to the rooms in your house. But buildup of dust and grime in your ducts can hurt your indoor air quality, while forcing your air conditioner to work harder to push conditioned air through.
The best way to stay on top of air handler maintenance is to schedule regular service with a heating and cooling professional. Regular preventive maintenance pays for itself in the form of energy savings and reductions in your repair and replacement costs.
The technicians at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling offer preventive maintenance services throughout the Cleveland area. To schedule service or to consult one of technicians, please contact us.
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