‘Tis the season for spring cleaning! Part of your spring home maintenance routine should be getting your HVAC system prepped. Along with warmer weather, spring brings pollen and other allergens, and without a well-functioning HVAC system, you could end up with a sick and sleepy household. Beyond indoor air quality, it’s a good idea to schedule HVAC maintenance to make sure that your air conditioning unit is ready for summer.
In today’s blog post, Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling is providing you with an HVAC spring maintenance checklist to make sure that your unit is ready for summer! Continue reading to learn more, and if you’d like the pros to handle the job for you, simply contact us for HVAC services.
Air filters should be replaced according to how much you use your HVAC system, but a good general guideline is every 30 to 90 days. Check your air filter every month or so and try to make a habit of replacing the filter every three months. Air filters are vital to maintaining healthy, clean air quality. More so, a dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder, which increases your energy costs.
Duct Cleaning & Sealing
Scheduling professional duct cleaning every 5-7 years is important for air quality, but it’s something that should be left to the pros. Our HVAC technicians can inform you on the state of your air ducts and whether they need to be cleaned or sealed.
Sealing air ducts prevents air from escaping through cracks and gaps in the system. Sealing and insulating air ducts can improve your energy efficiency by up to 20 percent or more depending on the extent of the leaks.
Clean Exterior Unit
All kinds of leaves, sticks, mud, and other debris can collect around your HVAC unit over the winter. A dirty unit leads to overheating, poor airflow, and clogged vents.
Examine Condensate Piping
The condensate pipe is where condensation from the air conditioner collects and is drained away from the unit. If your condensate piping isn’t working, you’ll end up with flooding, water damage, mold, and even water entering the HVAC unit. Check that the pipe and drain are connected and that there isn’t any damage to the pipe.
Test The System
Once you’ve cleaned and checked for damage, it’s time to test your system. Turn on your AC for a short period of time and listen for any sounds or poor airflow. Let it run for about 30 minutes and check the hardware both inside and outside. If you notice anything wrong (like leaks, sparks, or bad smells) turn the HVAC system off and contact us for HVAC repair.
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