As spring is officially underway and we look forward to warmer weather, you must ensure your HVAC system is fully prepared. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner can maximize its performance, extend its lifespan and help keep energy bills low all summer long. Here are eight essential spring HVAC maintenance tips that everyone should know!
1. Check the Thermostat
The first step to making sure your HVAC system is running properly is to check the thermostat. Have a technician come out to ensure it’s functioning correctly and the settings are accurate. An incorrect setting or an issue with the thermostat can lead to cooling troubles, wasted energy, a shorter system lifespan and higher energy bills.
2. Change Your Air Filters
It’s important to continue changing your air filters regularly. When filters get too dirty, they clog up and cause the system to work harder. This can lead to costlier electric bills and a decrease in your cooling system’s efficiency. To reduce dust and dirt accumulation, change out your air filters every couple of months, depending on your filter type.
3. Clean the Condenser Coils
Air conditioners are equipped with condenser coils that work to remove heat from refrigerant tubes inside the outdoor unit. To ensure these coils can do their job properly, it’s important to check and clean them routinely. Cleaning out dust and debris is essential for keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly and improving cooling efficiency.
4. Check Your Refrigerant Levels
Refrigerant is the substance that helps move and absorb heat from inside your home to the outside. Low refrigerant levels or a leak can cause increased humidity, increased energy use, general unresponsiveness from your air conditioner and longer cooling cycles. To alleviate these issues, always ensure you know the system’s refrigerant level and have it checked occasionally by a professional HVAC technician.
5. Clear the Drains and Drain Pans
Air conditioners come with a pan and several drains, which extract condensation from evaporator coils and drain it away from the unit. Check these lines to ensure no clog or mold buildup is blocking water flow. If you find any blockage, have a professional come out and take care of it immediately.
6. Clear the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit
If you have an air conditioner unit with an outside component, adequate airflow is essential to function correctly. Clear any overgrowth or debris blocking the airflow and ensure plenty of space around the unit for ease of access during maintenance checks.
7. Clean the Blower Components
To keep your system running properly and get maximum efficiency, clean out any dirt or debris built up in the blower components. You can easily vacuum-clean these parts or contact a professional like Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to give your system an extra deep cleaning.
8. Check for Leaks
Check your HVAC system’s parts, especially the rubber hoses and seals, for any possible leaks. If you find any, don’t hesitate to contact a professional so that the leak can be repaired properly.
Spring is the best time to ensure your HVAC system is up and running! Regularly maintaining, checking and cleaning your unit will ensure it runs as efficiently as possible. Now you can stay cool throughout the summer without incurring unnecessary central air conditioner costs. For reliable air conditioning maintenance in New Richmond, WI, contact Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. at (715) 246-2660. You can also complete our online form to request a consultation.