From Marielle Collins on March 26, 2014 in Air Conditioning & Heating
Spring is finally here and with the end of winter comes time to start preparing your home for warmer months ahead. One of the most important things to put on your spring “to-do” list is a pre-summer inspection of your HVAC system. Once summer is in full swing, cooling system repairs and maintenance will sky rocket in price and become a big inconvenience. Cleaning and repairing your system before it breaks will save you money and give you peace of mind all summer long.
Replace your Filters
AC filters should be changed every four weeks when being used heavily during summer months, so replace them now to be ready for this high use time. Dirty filters can cause your unit to stall or break completely, whereas clean filers will reduce indoor pollution, debris and contamination from your air. Failing to replace your filters can also reduce the efficiency of your system and increase utility costs, so change your filters to save money and have a cleaner, fresher home.
Test your Air Conditioner
Test out your air conditioner before you actually need it. Run the cooling system briefly in your home to make sure everything functions properly. This way if your unit does need repairs, you can schedule maintenance at your convenience and not worry about surviving miserable hot days. Give yourself peace of mind knowing that your unit will function correctly when you need it the most.
Check Outdoor Unit
Always make sure to check the outdoor HVAC system unit to ensure there are no obstructions or debris collected around it. Keep plants, bushes, outdoor toys and furniture at least a few feet away to prevent damage from occurring or dirt building up inside. Monitoring the space around your unit will help keep your system in good condition and running properly longer.
Annual HVAC Tune-up
Having a yearly HVAC tune up can help your system run better and use less energy. During a tune-up your HVAC technician will inspect the equipment, clean your system, check refrigerant levels and swap out small parts to ensure the unit is operating efficiently. Your technician will also be able to tell you if any major worn out parts need replacing or if there are warning signs of serious damage that could occur later. Have this tune-up in the spring to make sure your home is ready for summer and any maintenance can get completed well before the hot mid-year months.
Properly maintaining, cleaning and repairing your HVAC system will save you money in the long term by extending the use of your unit. With excellent care an HVAC system can last 15-25 years, so it pays to stay vigilant and consistent when it comes to maintenance. If your system does need to be replaced however, the sooner you know the better so you have time to choose the best contractor for the job and have a new unit installed properly for a good price. Make sure to get quotes from several licensed and reputable contractors to compare costs and find the professional that best meets your goals and expectations.