There is nothing more frustrating than wasting money trying to keep your home cool and comfortable. Some people think that they can't afford to have their system service, but they don't realize how much extra that they are paying through their increased utility bills. That is, even a $100 HVAC maintenance visit could pay for itself very quickly if it fixes a problem that is causing your system to be inefficient. However, simple DIY repair is even more worthwhile because many repairs are very cheap and easy. For instance, replacing your air filter, which might only cost $20, could make your furnace more efficient. However, this article focuses on one slightly more complicated, but still basic and affordable HVAC cleaning job that can definitely improve your system's functionality.
Clean Your Heat Pump
One of the easiest cleaning jobs, and one that you should do it every single year, is to clean your heat pump. The heat pump, which is the large appliance located outside of your house has a big fan and outside walls that are lined with the vital evaporator coils. Usually, you don't really need to clean actual fan blades, but there could be some leaf build up within the compartment. Leaves can fall through the bird guard, and eventually get sucked into the duct connections. This is rare, but it something you need to worry about if you have a lot of leaves falling near your heat pump.
If you do think you need to clean inside the fan, you need to remove the bird guard. To do this, you will just need a power drill. Once the guard is removed from the heat pump, you will have access to the entire fan compartment. However, the fans can block the light and make it hard to reach the bottom of the compartment, so you might need a flashlight. It is also helpful if you have a hose vacuum with a long attachment they can reach all the way to the bottom. Before you do begin to do any cleaning, make sure that your heat pump is turned off. You obviously don't want the fan turning on while you are working on it.
You should also look for mold buildup on the inside walls of your fan compartment, or on the actual fan blades. Mold here can cause these vital components to deteriorate. So, you might need to use some heavy duty liquid cleaner to help break down and remove the mall.
For professional help, reach out to a service like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric.