If you care about keeping your automobile running well, you change the oil every 3,000 miles or so, whether you see a problem or not. It’s regular, necessary maintenance.
It’s the same thing with your HVAC unit. The onset of spring is a great time to schedule an annual HVAC checkup so that you aren’t surprised with a sudden, unexpected breakdown in the middle of the sweltering summer.
As with your car, a little preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money, not to mention precious time and headaches.
So here are six things to think about when preparing your HVAC for warmer weather.
1. Replace Your Air Filter
The HVAC filter is a critical part of the HVAC unit and needs to be replaced every two months or so. It’s low cost and easy to do, and provides an outsized impact on household air quality. The filter strains out dirt, dust and other unwanted particles from your home’s air. So prevent those dust bunnies from developing and keep your family healthy by changing the filter regularly.
2. Clean Around the System
Find the furnace and evaporator in your house and make sure they are clean and dry, and have room for air to flow around them. Remove anything that might be leaning against them or blocking air flow. Check to see if any water is building up beneath the evaporator. That is a red flag that requires the help of a licensed technician.
3. Clean Around the Condenser
Go outside and examine the condenser for leaves, dirt, rocks or other debris that may inhibit air flow. Make sure there is nothing inside the condenser that would prevent the fan blades from turning.
4. Check the Thermostat
Make sure the thermometer is working and the system reacts to warm or cool your home when it reaches the set temperature.
5. Have Your Ducts Checked
Dirty ductwork inhibits the flow of air, allows unwanted particles and allergens into your home and may shorten the life of your air filter. Ducts need to be checked annually. If you find anything that looks suspicious, you can report them when you…
6. Schedule a Checkup
Let’s face it, you don’t know how to fix an HVAC system. You don’t even know how it works. You need a licensed technician to tune up your system and make sure it’s in working order for the coming months. Here are some of the things he will do:
- Inspect the system visually for signs of rust, corrosion or water
- Check electrical components and wiring
- Measure air flow through the evaporator coil
- Check the condensation drain for signs of leaking
- Check the refrigerant level and fill it
- Oil the motors and inspect the belts for wear
- Test the accuracy of the thermostat
Once your HVAC unit receives a clean bill of health, you will be able to rest assured that your system will keep you cool even in the Texas heat.
Since 1996, the Keep It Cool team of expert and qualified technicians has proudly provided superior HVAC services and cooling services to the Corpus Christi area. Whether it’s A/C repair, air conditioning service, furnace repair, window units, water heaters or heat pump installs, they can do it all. Visit them at KeepItCoolACandHeating.com or call 361-850-7845 to see how they can serve your home comfort needs.