Preparing your AC Unit for your summer operations is not a difficult task, but it’s crucial for ensuring the system runs efficiently through the heat of the summer. HVAC systems consume up to 30% more energy if not maintained, which can send your utility bills through the roof in the heavy-use season.
Here are the 5 main things you should do while preparing AC Unit for summer:
1. Filter Maintenance and Cleaning
- Clogged filters lead to decreased cooling and higher electricity bills, as the unit works harder to keep your house cool.
- The particles stuck in dirty filters affect indoor air quality, since they get pushed out with cooled air. They can also cause damage within the system.
- They accumulate dirt, dust and other particles quite quickly, so you should wash them on a regular basis, especially during summer HVAC maintenance.
- Change the air filters regularly, i.e. at least once a month in summer when they see heavy use.
2. Air Flow Leaks and Obstructions
- Gaps or obstructions in duct work can reduce air flow in the HVAC unit, so check the ducts and connectors for loose spots or damage.
- Check the blower components, since the system’s efficiency can drop by 15% if they aren’t properly adjusted.
- If you have a fireplace, close the damper to prevent cool air from escaping through it and making the HVAC run longer to compensate.
- Check walls, doors and windows for cracks and leaks that will let warm drafts in and cool air out. Seal up any you find.
3. Compressor and Coil Maintenance
- If there’s any dirt, debris and plant matter like leaves and twigs around the outdoor unit, clear them away on a regular basis.
- Keep the area around the evaporator and air conditioning coils clean, since accumulated debris can get into the system and damage it.
- Clean the coils and condenser regularly, even if they are indoors. Dirty air conditioning coils can impact efficiency and raise energy costs.
- If the outdoor unit isn’t kept clean, the extra load on the system can cause overheating and reduce its lifespan.
4. Preparing your Thermostat for Summer
- Test the thermostat and furnace system controls to see if they are working properly, especially the starting cycle.
- Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows different temperature settings to be automated throughout the day.
- Smart thermostats can kick on before you reach home from work, remaining off when no one is home, to prevent energy wastage.
- Some thermostats can also be controlled from a smartphone, so you can monitor and select your settings on the go.
5. HVAC Repair and Maintenance
- At the end of spring, it’s a good idea to call in a professional HVAC technician to check and service your system.
- Our certified technician can tighten the electrical connections, check fuses and circuit breakers and replace any worn wiring.
- Our certified technician will check and recharge refrigerant levels, since excess or too little refrigerant can affect performance.
- Our certified technician can also lubricate moving components, check for damage in hoses and condensate drains, etc.
- In case of damage or other issues, we can quickly conduct repairs to get the system summer-ready.
If you actually wait till summer to prepare your HVAC for summer use,you could end up suffering unnecessary discomfort. Technicians are usually overloaded at that time, so schedule a tune up in soon before the real rush begins.
At Service Champions, weconduct service, repairs and maintenance to ensure your HVAC remains reliable all summer long. Give us a call to schedule a tune up today!