Spring is here and with it comes warmer weather. While that doesn’t mean it’s time to crank up your air conditioner just yet, it does mean that you should take the time to make sure that your unit is in good working order for the coming warmer weather. A maintained system is one that’s going to last for longer and deliver cool air for less energy for years to come. Since most HVAC units have an outdoor and an indoor component, don’t’ forget to clean and prep both units for the coming season.
- Clear away all debris and brush from the unit’s exterior
- Remove the top grill and examine the fan for damage
- Inspect refrigerant pipes and coil for damage
- Clean out any animal nests that may have been made inside the unit
- Use a butter knife to straighten cooling fins that have been bent
- Use a cleaning agents and water to clean hose off the outside unit
- Replace air filters
- Vacuum evaporator coil inside unit to clear away dust
- Turn on unit and listen to blower fan for odd noises (call a professional if something sounds wrong)
- Using passive cooling methods will help prolong the life of your unit and prevent damage and wear:
- Remember to check the insulation in your home to prevent heat transfer from the outdoors
- Use curtains and drapes to help insulate windows as well
- Leave all vents and registers open to prevent backpressure in ducts
- Set thermostats to a slightly warmer temperature to decrease system strain
Follow these steps and your HVAC unit will remain healthy for years to come. And don’t forget, if you schedule a professional maintenance you can improve the life of your system even further.