When spring comes around each year, you always hear people talking about spring cleaning – clearing out all the stuff that began to pile up over the winter to get ready for the summer fun and sun. Did you know that this also applies to your heating and cooling system? Getting your HVAC system ready for summer with preventative maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to ensure comfort throughout the hotter summer months. An inefficient cooling system can bring on consistent costly repairs when temperatures begin to rise, and a broken air conditioner in the middle of July can leave your family uncomfortable for more than a few days.
Things you can do
Keep your condenser clean
Debris, build up, and plants can all result in a lower efficiency level because they cut off airflow into your condenser. The first thing you should do is clear all debris away from the condenser. All plants should be a safe distance away as well. To help avoid condenser build up throughout the off seasons, you should use a cover to help protect it from the elements–just make sure you remember to remove it before kicking the air conditioner on! Covers can block airflow and reduce efficiency if they remain on your unit while it is running.
Keep up with regular filter changes
Making sure your filter is clean is an important task that should be done all year long not just in the spring. In HVAC, there is no “one size fits all.” Each system and home is different. Some may only need two filter changes a year during the fall and winter. Others may require a filter change as often as once a month. Check your filter frequently to learn how often your system’s needs to be replaced.
Tip: If you can’t locate your filter, it may actually be located inside your furnace or air handler. If your filter is located inside the system, you should contact Nauman Mechanical to do the change for you.
Make sure power is being supplied
I am sure you know this already, but your HVAC unit needs access to a power source to work. If your unit is not working, one of the first things your technician may check is to look for a blown or broken fuse. If it doesn’t seem like this is the issue, make sure you turn off your equipment immediately and call a professional.
Anything beyond clearing the area around your condenser, regularly checking your filter and making sure the unit is turned on (when you are ready for cooling) should be handled by a professional contractor like Nauman Mechanical. Heating and cooling equipment can be tricky and requires a level of expertise to properly maintain and repair.