As the weather warms, spring cleaning needs come to the forefront. In the midst of swapping your sweaters for lighter spring clothes and clearing dust bunnies, don’t overlook your spring ac tune-up. It will be swimsuit season before you know it, and you don’t want to wind up sweltering away while you await emergency HVAC repairs due to neglected system maintenance.
How Can You Make Sure Your System is Ready for Warmer Weather?
Swap that stinky old filter.
To keep the air in your home fresh and clean and to keep system circulation flowing freely, swap out last season’s stale, old filter for a new one. These filters trap dirt, allergens, and debris that can get recirculated throughout the home, reducing indoor air quality. Dirt accumulations also force cooling units to work harder to circulate air, affecting system life span. Perform this simple DIY task yourself, washing or replacing the filter every 3 months, at a minimum.
Do a little lawn maintenance.
The area surrounding your outdoor unit (called the condenser) can become clogged with grass, leaves, twigs, and other debris. These can get caught inside the unit, clogging the condenser or sticking to the motor and fan blades. When the components of your system are overloaded with this debris, it forces your system to work harder to cool your home. To keep your system running efficiently, you have to clear the area. Luckily, it’s not too hard to trim back grass and landscaping and hose off the unit gently with a garden hose. To access debris within, however, you’ll need to enlist the help of a local air conditioning company. A good time to handle this is when you…
Schedule a spring condenser and evaporator coil cleaning.
Components clogged with dirt and debris destroy system efficiency and can lead to the need for emergency air conditioning repair in summer temperature extremes. These essential components, including the compressor, coil, and evaporator are typically housed within a cabinet and are not easily accessible. They may also be easily damaged when improperly cleaned. A professional HVAC service technician can help you go through your annual air conditioning maintenance checklist safely. In addition to cleaning the evaporator, condenser, and coils, a professional can help you:
Clear lawn detritus from the motor and fan blades housed within the exterior unit.
Clean the drain line and pan, which can back up and cause water damage in your home.
Remove and clean the blower assembly, which distributes air through the equipment.
Check your ductwork for leaks when can drastically reduce performance and comfort.
Verify refrigerant levels, too little or too much of which can adversely affect performance.
Check for proper thermostat function to safeguard comfort and efficiency.