July 19, 2024

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DIY Tips for Hassle-Free HVAC Maintenance


Maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can seem like a daunting task, but with these simple DIY tips from Stegall Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, you can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance not only ensures optimal performance but also prolongs the lifespan of your HVAC unit, saving you money in the long run.

Air Filter Replacement

  1. Check your air filter monthly and replace it when it appears dirty or clogged. A dirty filter restricts airflow, reducing the efficiency of your system and potentially causing damage.
  2. Purchase the correct filter size for your unit, as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Before installing the new filter, vacuum the area around the filter slot to remove any accumulated dust or debris.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  1. Clear any debris, such as leaves or twigs, from around the outdoor unit to ensure proper airflow.
  2. Use a soft-bristle brush or a garden hose with a gentle spray to clean the unit periodically, especially before the cooling season.
  3. Trim back any vegetation or shrubbery that is growing too close to the unit, as this can obstruct airflow and reduce efficiency.

Indoor Unit Cleaning

  1. Turn off the power to the unit before attempting any cleaning or maintenance.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to gently remove dust and debris from the indoor unit’s air vents and grilles.
  3. For deeper cleaning, consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek professional assistance to avoid damaging the unit.

Thermostat Maintenance

  1. Clean the thermostat regularly by gently wiping it down with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and dirt.
  2. Check the thermostat’s batteries and replace them as needed to ensure accurate temperature readings and proper system operation.
  3. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat, which can help you save energy and reduce utility bills by automatically adjusting the temperature based on your schedule and preferences.


By following these simple DIY tips, you can maintain your HVAC system and keep it running at peak performance. Regular maintenance not only ensures a comfortable indoor environment but also helps extend the lifespan of your unit and saves you money on costly repairs or replacements. If you encounter any issues or have concerns about your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to consult a professional from Stegall Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for expert advice and service.