Posted on:
4. 19. 2021

Types of Pests that Can Cause HVAC System Damage

Written by: Metro Air

Rodents, insects, and other pets can cause damage to your heating and cooling system units. Here are some helpful ways to keep common pests away from your system.

#1: Inspect.
If you have an outdoor unit, check regularly for chewed wires, ant mounds, or other remnants of animal excrement. If there’s an issue, call a professional pest control company to treat the area and get rid of the pests. Is there damage to the system’s electrical unit? Don’t attempt to fix it yourself. This could be a fire or safety hazard. So, call our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling. We’ll make sure to look at the wiring and other components that connect to those. We will discuss what repairs or replacements you need.

#2: Keep your system tuned-up.
Spring is a great time to schedule your annual HVAC system tune-up. These appointments ensure that the system is running efficiently and that all parts of working as they should. Our experts will also be able to see if any pests have caused internal or external system damage.

#3: Know where your pet is.
Your dog or cat is part of your family, so keeping an eye on where they are at all times is important. When you let them outside to go the bathroom, try to keep them away from your heating and cooling system unit. Urine causes corrosion over time and that could cause problems that could force you to repair or replace your system prematurely.

#4: Keep your home clean.
Rodents and other pests love to hang out in dirty spaces. So, keeping your yard free of debris and trash will help deter pests. Also, don’t allow water to pool around the system. This attracts pests or rodents that you don’t want. Inside your home, make sure the vents are kept clear so air can flow freely. And last, make sure to clean and/or replace air filters regularly. This helps bolster indoor air quality and keeps the system running at peak efficiency.

Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled, or to talk to us about a system replacement this spring. We’re standing by to help make sure you and your home stay comfortable all season long!


Posted on:
4. 5. 2021

Avoid Costly HVAC Repairs with These Maintenance Tips

Written by: Metro Air

Coming up with the money for unexpected home repairs in your Minnesota home is frustrating and stressful. Reduce your chances of having a costly HVAC repair by following these simple maintenance tips.

#1: Listen.
Listening to your heating and cooling system is important. If you hear rattling, humming, clanging, banging, or screeching/screaming, there is likely a problem that needs some attention. It may be an electrical issue, or it could mean that a part is broken or loose. Pay attention to how your machine sounds when you’re using it. If it’s working at peak efficiency, it should just be a quiet hum. Loud noises should never be ignored and should always be looked at by a certified HVAC professional.

#2: Don’t neglect regular professional maintenance.
Our experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling recommend one to two tune-ups every year, ideally at the beginning of the fall or spring. HVAC maintenance ensures that if there are any undiagnosed or hidden problems with the machine, they can be addressed before a full system breakdown occurs. During a preventative maintenance appointment, our technicians will clean and/or replace air filters, clean the blower motor, replace or repair any parts that are causing issues, and check for any other potential problems. We have over 30 individual items cleaned or inspected at each maintenance appointment.

#3: Pay attention to your air filter.
Filters in your system should be checked regularly and cleaned or replaced often. We recommend changing your one-inch filters every 1-2 months. If you have four-inch media filters, we recommend changing them every 3-6 months.

#4: Sign up for the Customer Care Club.
Our Customer Care Club gives you the peace of mind knowing your heating and cooling system will be ready to go, no matter what season we’re in. Our staff will call you in the spring to set up an appointment for an air conditioning tune-up. And in the fall, we will call you for a furnace tune-up so you don’t have to worry about remembering to schedule. So, for only $15 a month, you get access to exclusive club benefits including:

  • $58 discount on initial tune-ups ($90 initial tune-up is required to join the customer care club)
  • 10% discount on upgrades
  • 10% discount on repairs
  • 2% discount on replacements
  • Fall furnace tune-up ($119 value)
  • Spring air conditioning tune-up ($119 value)
  • Priority scheduling and accommodations

There is no convenient time for an expensive HVAC repair or full system breakdown. So, stay head of the game and call the experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling to get ask questions or to get your system professionally maintained.