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Winter Maintenance for Your HVAC System

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It’s been a roller coaster ride (of the temperature variety) in Texas this winter. From icy afternoons to warm and humid evenings, it’s definitely made us glad to have both a working air conditioner and heater. Are you doing everything you can to keep your HVAC system in top shape this winter? After your fall tune-up, your air conditioner won’t need any attention until spring rolls around, right? Wrong! Winter maintenance is just as important for an efficiently and safely running AC unit. Here are three easy ways to keep your air conditioner and heater on the right track for optimal comfort all winter long. 1. What kind of shape are your air filters in? Changing your air filters each month is important in colder months when you run your heater a majority of the time. More time spent indoors means more opportunities to spread germs and breathe in airborne allergens. To keep you and your family healthy this winter, make sure you swap out those air filters each month. A fresh filter will live up to its packaging promises by snagging airborne germs, allergens and other irritants. 2. Is your condensate drain pan clean? Our ever-changing weather means a lot of freezing and thawing. If you haven’t already, it’s time to check on your condensate drain pan. If this integral part of your air conditioning system becomes clogged, you could find yourself dealing with serious water damage and an unpleasant smell in your home. Give your condensate drain pan a quick glance. (For standard HVAC units, it’s usually located underneath your evaporator coil within your home.) If it has standing water or slime buildup, clean it out. Best case scenario, you’ll simply need some hot water and a little elbow grease to scrub away any blockage. (If you need to quickly remove water, a shop vac is your best option.) After cleaning out your pan, drop a few slime-fighting drain pan tablets to keep things fresh and clean for the rest of winter. 3. Is anything impeding airflow to your condenser unit? Lastly, bundle up (or remove some layers, depending on the weather) and head to your outdoor condenser unit. Airflow is essential for your heater to run efficiently. Visually inspect your condenser and remove any leaves, twigs or other debris that may be caught in your condenser. This will greatly diminish the chances of your HVAC unit’s fan burning out from over-exertion. Those are our top three tips for keeping your AC and heater running smoothly all winter long! Remember, easy maintenance costs a lot less than big repairs. If you need heater repairs in San Antonio, give us a call today! Warm wishes from Elmer’s One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating!