Mastering DIY Heating and AC Maintenance


Maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning systems can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and DIY tips, you can keep your systems running smoothly while saving money on costly repairs. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore essential DIY maintenance tasks to ensure your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency all year round.

Changing Air Filters

One of the simplest yet most crucial maintenance tasks is changing your HVAC system’s air filters regularly. Clogged filters restrict airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially causing system breakdowns. Aim to replace or clean your filters every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  1. Clear away any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or dirt, from around the outdoor unit to ensure proper airflow.
  2. Use a garden hose to gently rinse off any accumulated dirt or debris from the unit’s fins and coils.
  3. Trim back any vegetation growing too close to the unit, as this can impede airflow and potentially damage the system.

Thermostat Calibration

Your thermostat plays a vital role in regulating your home’s temperature. Over time, thermostats can become uncalibrated, leading to inefficient operation and higher energy bills. Consult your thermostat’s manual for instructions on calibrating and programming it correctly.

Ductwork Inspection

Leaky ductwork can significantly reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency and compromise indoor air quality. Inspect your ductwork for any visible cracks, holes, or loose connections, and seal them with duct sealant or foil tape. Consider having a professional duct cleaning service to remove any accumulated dust or debris.


By following these DIY maintenance tips, you can keep your heating and air conditioning systems running smoothly, maximize energy efficiency, and extend their lifespan. However, it’s important to remember that some tasks may require professional assistance, especially for more complex repairs or system replacements. Don’t hesitate to contact Clayton Brothers’ expert team for any heating and AC services you may need.