Spring is already upon us, and there’s no better time than the present to go ahead with the cleaning – if you haven’t done so already. When you get started with this project, it’s always better to include the HVAC system into it. It’s a good thing to remember that due to fluctuations in temperatures, these systems benefit tremendously from annual service checks.
Spring is an opportune time to check this system because it’s likely that you won’t have to use it until the summer heat starts bearing down on you. So, before starting up your air conditioning for the first time this year, make sure that’s in proper working condition and ready to handle the summer load.
Below is a checklist of what you need to do for your HVAC system so that it’s in peak working condition.
Replace the Filters
The best place to start is with the filters. As a general rule of thumb, you should clean or replace your HVAC filter every three months or so. Just by replacing the air filter, your system’s overall capacity will increase by about 5%. It implies less energy consumption, more comfort, and smaller expenses. If you happen to have furry pets around, you should consider checking the filters more regularly.
When you’re replacing the filter, it’s also a good idea to check the condensate drain. It is a plastic or metal tray that collects moisture produced by the system via condensation. Make sure that the water drains as it should and that it doesn’t overflow. If the hose connecting the tray to the drainage system is clogged or other reasons are obstructing drainage, the accumulating water can damage your HVAC system or your home.
Inspect the Duct System
Spring is also an excellent time to inspect your duct system to ensure efficient air circulation. Take a look inside and look for signs of any accumulation of dust, debris, and other particles that can obstruct airflow. You can remove the grills from the vents and wash them with warm water and mild soap.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any excess dust or pet hair that may have accumulated over the winter. Also, make sure that your furniture, rugs, curtains, etc., don’t block the output of your AC unit.
Inspect the Outside Unit
As part of your spring cleaning, you should also clear any debris that may have accumulated in, on, and around your exterior HVAC unit. To maximize airflow and optimize performance, you should allow one or two feet of clearance around the unit.
As you are cleaning the system, examine the surface condition for any signs of damage, rust, or misalignment. Also, check the state of the insulation foam around the line that goes from the unit into the house.
When Should You Call an Expert?
Regular maintenance checks are essential to ensure the proper functioning of your HVAC system. Also, if you notice any signs of trouble such as damaged parts, water leaks to your indoor units, or if the outdoor unit doesn’t turn off. It’s also advisable to contact a professional if your duct system is clogged with debris.
If you require assistance with your HVAC system, Frederick Air is here to help. Contact us today if you have any questions or are looking for a professional that can help with your HVAC maintenance or repairs.