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3 Effective Ways to Fix the Central HVAC System

Being a homeowner comes with its perks. Owning a home gives people a sense of pride and accomplishment. It provides a high financial value since a home typically ends up being one of the highest valued assets in a person’s life. It also comes with a sense of privacy that most apartments simply can’t offer.

But there are also downsides to owning a home. Different systems in the house will start to experience wear and tear, break down, or need to be replaced or updated. With so many maintenance needs, it can become incredibly stressful for homeowners to keep up with everything.

So who wants an easy way to fix their central HVAC unit? Those that rhetorically raised their hands are not alone! It’s time to use simple solutions for common HVAC problems. These tips and tricks from HVAC professionals can help homeowners get started on the right foot.

Melt Ice on the Condensate Drain Line for Refrigerant Leaks

ice meltingRefrigerant is a critical component of the HVAC system. The role of the refrigerant is to absorb heat from the indoor air and then transform that heat from a low-pressure gas to a high-pressure liquid.

Once this transformation is complete, the refrigerant will move to the outdoor unit where fans blow, cool the refrigerant, and turn the liquid back into a gas. This should be a smooth and flawless process, but a refrigerant leak can cause some bumps in the road.

Refrigerant leaks can cause other components of the HVAC system to freeze and break down. The most effective way for homeowners to fix this problem is by melting any ice on the condensate drain line, which prevents the other parts of the HVAC system from malfunctioning.

Clean the Outdoor Unit. Being Free of Debris Is the Key.

Out of sight, out of mind. This is what typically happens for an outdoor HVAC unit. Though the outdoor unit may seem separate from the rest of the house and HVAC system, it still plays a critical role in the HVAC system’s functionality and efficiency. If cleaning the condenser unit is forgotten, it can start to build up dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris.

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Soon it becomes so full of gunk that it has a difficult time operating, and the efficiency of the HVAC unit starts to quickly slide downhill. Make sure to add “cleaning the outdoor unit” to the list of spring cleaning this year. This one simple cleaning task allows the HVAC system to continue to run smoothly and efficiently.

Put Maintenance Reminders on the Calendar

schedulingMaintenance is an important part of keeping just about any appliance running at its best. While some might remember that when it comes to the water heater, it’s surprising that homeowners forget this same concept is true for HVAC systems.

Like a car, HVAC systems need technical maintenance. They need to be kept free from debris, they need to be updated when components start to experience wear and tear, and they should be checked frequently by a professional.

Preventative maintenance is truly the best way to identify small problems and resolve them before they turn into a messier and more expensive HVAC disaster. Best of all, it can also help lower your energy costs and improve the lifespan of your unit.

About Minnesota Plumbing and Heating

Minnesota Plumbing and Heating is a full-service home maintenance company dedicated to helping homeowners in the Bloomington, MN area. While some things have changed since they first started in 1917, the core of the business and their strong commitment to their customers and to providing high-quality work, including air conditioning installations and heater reairs, has not changed in the slightest.