heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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September 8, 2011

HVAC-System Maintenance: What You Can Do Yourself, And What You Should Hire The Pros To Do

Maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning system will lead to improved performance and a longer lifespan for the system, saving you money on your utility bills and helping you avoid costly equipment breakdown and early replacement. While there are some maintenance tasks you can do on your own, there are others that should be left to a professional.

One of the most important do-it-yourself maintenance tasks you can perform is regularly cleaning or changing your system’s filters. Some air conditioners have disposable filters, while others can be cleaned and reused. You should consult your owner’s manual to determine which type your air conditioner has and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning or replacement. As a general rule of thumb, this is something you should do at least once a month during high-use seasons.

Another DIY task is keeping your registers clean and free of the dust and debris that builds up over time. Also, your air conditioner’s outdoor component, which houses the condenser and evaporator, can get clogged with leaves and dirt. You should inspect it regularly and perform maintenance as needed. This includes cleaning and straightening the evaporator fins, cleaning out the drain pan, and leveling the condenser.

In addition to these tasks, you should also have a qualified HVAC technician perform regular preventive maintenance on your home’s heating and air conditioning components. Ideally, you should have your heating serviced in the fall, before the onset of winter, and your air conditioner serviced in the spring. A professional has the experience, skills and specialized equipment to service the equipment’s working parts, thermostat controls, electrical connections and fluid levels. Investing in this type of preventive service will keep your HVAC system running smooth and strong throughout its life.

At Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal, we offer several energy saving agreements that provide protective services suitable for all budget levels. If you’d like to arrange service or learn more about our maintenance programs, please contact us. We serve customers throughout Northwestern Arkansas, and employ NATE-certified technicians to provide you with the highest levels of service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about HVAC maintenance and other topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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