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3 Ways Homeowners Damage Their Air Conditioners

Your HVAC system for your Birmingham, Alabama, home, is a big investment and one that deserves a lot of care. Unfortunately, homeowners do things that can damage their air conditioners without even realizing it. Ignoring maintenance, pest control, and filter replacement can put your HVAC system at risk.

Skipping the Maintenance

Most people wouldn’t miss an oil change for their car, but they still forego the maintenance for their air conditioner. Getting maintenance on your system before the high seasons protects your HVAC system and helps it run more efficiently. The HVAC technician will change the air filters, lubricate the bearings and the motors, remove any clogs, and inspect the drain pans among other inspections. By skipping the tuneup, you put your unit at risk for small issues developing into major ones and shortening the lifespan of your unit. 

Letting Rodents Run Wild

Rodents can cause some serious damage to your unit. When the weather gets chilly, animals will crawl inside your unit and into your ducts to find warmth. Scheduling maintenance before summer hits will help to find any of these critters hiding in your unit. If you hear or smell animals in your ducts, get your ducts cleaned immediately. These animals can chew through your ductwork and negatively affect your indoor air quality, causing all sorts of problems in your home. 

Avoiding Air Filter Care

Your air filters are an essential part of the air quality in your home, and they also can damage your HVAC system if you’re not careful. If you don’t check your air filters regularly, they can get clogged up with dirt and pollutants. Your HVAC system has to work harder to blow air through those clogged filters, which reduces its lifespan and drives up your energy bills. It also creates poor IAQ in your home. Check your filters regularly to limit damage to your system and prevent poor IAQ.

If you need to schedule HVAC maintenance, we are the people to call. Contact One Source Heating & Cooling at (205) 509-1929

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