Southern Trust expert Ted Puzio recommends regular HVAC maintenance to prevent breakdowns and expensive repairs.

ROANOKE, Va., Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Trust Home Services, a family-owned HVAC, plumbing and electrical company that has served Roanoke, Virginia, residents for more than 25 years, is providing area homeowners with insider tips for properly maintaining HVAC systems and preventing costly replacements and emergency repairs.

"Expensive breakdowns are reduced as much as 95% with consistent HVAC maintenance," said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. "Spending time on preventive HVAC maintenance now is an investment in equipment and performance we rely on for most of the year. Taking proactive steps can help bring peace of mind and eliminate stress."

Puzio's advice for homeowners who want to properly maintain their HVAC systems at the end of winter includes:

  • Clean your drain lines: A clogged condensate drain line is one of the most common reasons an AC stops working. The drain line plays an important role in making sure all the condensation produced by an air conditioner's evaporator coil is properly removed. Cleaning this line stops the growth of mold and algae, preventing water damage, elevated humidity, and poor indoor air quality.
  • Clean the blower wheel: The blades on a blower wheel are constructed to push air around. Over time, dirt will accumulate on the blades and make your system work harder, so you should clean it regularly to ensure the HVAC runs efficiently.
  • Check your air ducts: Airborne pollutants found indoors may be two to five times higher than outdoor pollutants. Clean air ducts are crucial to the proper circulation of air, and removing contaminants from the ductwork reduces irritants and creates a cleaner environment in your home.
  • Replace your HVAC belt: Don't wait for a belt to break before you replace it. HVAC belts should be inspected by an HVAC professional on a regular basis and replaced when they've lost their shape. Stretched, worn-out belts impair HVAC performance and cause other components to work harder, meaning it takes more energy to maintain comfortable temperatures. Like other mechanical HVAC jobs, this is best left to professionals as part of an annual heating or air-conditioning tune-up. 

For more information on HVAC preventive maintenance or to schedule a service, call Southern Trust Home Services at 540-343-4348 or visit

About Southern Trust Home Services
Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides residential services including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, bathroom remodels, drain cleaning, water treatment and 24/7 emergency repairs to homeowners in more than 60 cities throughout southern Virginia. Roanoke's first to offer a lifetime guarantee on all recommended repairs, Southern Trust Home Services staffs dedicated, certified, licensed and insured, drug and criminal background checked technicians who provide timely, same-day services for a variety of home repairs, installations, and maintenance. A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services has financing available including 0 percent for 18 months, and Lifetime Repair Guarantee on stated repairs. To find out more, call 540-343-4348 or visit

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