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Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Survive the summer with these easy heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance tips.

  1. Replace the Filter

The best way to avoid potential HVAC problems is by checking the filter every month! Now is the perfect time to check the air filter and set a repeating calendar reminder to inspect it every 30 days.

We highly recommend cleaning or replacing the air filter every 30-60 days. Never wait more than 90 days to replace the filter.

You can check the status of your filter by removing it and holding it up to the light. If it looks clogged and dirty, replace it. If light can easily pass through and it still looks pretty white, check it again in 15 days.

Not sure which filter to buy? Check out our air filter selection guide. Learn more about air filters and MERV ratings here.

  1. Check the Wiring

You should be casually inspecting the wiring throughout your home to make sure it is safe and working properly. Make sure you are not using extension cords as a permanent solution and that all electrical equipment has a label showing it have been tested by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

If you notice any of the following electrical warning signs, turn off the system and wait for a professional HVAC technician or electrician to take a look:

  • Crackling, sizzling, or buzzing sound from receptacles
  • Dimming or flickering lights
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Burning/fish/sulfur odor coming from electrical equipment
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

Always hire a qualified, professional contractor to service and install any HVAC or electrical equipment. Don’t forget to schedule annual HVAC maintenance for safety, comfort, and efficiency. Learn more air conditioner and fan safety tips.

  1. Check the Outside Condenser Unit

Over time, your outdoor heat pump unit accumulates a lot of dirt and debris. While nothing beats a professional cleaning, we recommend supplementing the pro cleanings with a little DIY cleaning of your own.

Dirty, clogged condenser coils will raise your energy bills, shorten the equipment lifespan, and increase the likelihood of repair. According to the US Department of Energy, “a dirty condenser coil can increase compressor energy consumption by 30%.”

Learn how to clean your outdoor condenser unit—without calling a pro. Basically, just remove large pieces of debris by hand, then turn the unit off and wash it off with a regular garden hose.

If you notice a broken condenser fan or any other condenser damage, call a professional right away.

  1. Upgrade the Thermostat

If you don’t already have a smart or programmable thermostat, consider upgrading. This way, you can set your schedule and forget it. Used properly, these thermostat upgrades can help you save money and energy while increasing comfort. You can even install a Wi-Fi thermostat to control it remotely. Smart, Wi-Fi thermostats like Nest automatically adjust the temperature in your home for optimum comfort and efficiency.

  1. Don’t Neglect Heating Maintenance

It’s hard to believe that September is almost here! Even though you might still be using your air conditioner, it won’t be long before you’ll start turning up the heat. That’s why September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month. Professional HVAC tune-ups are most effective when completed prior to the heating or cooling season. Don’t procrastinate—schedule your heating tune-up early.

Click here for a full DIY Air Conditioning Inspection Guide.

These simply do-it-yourself tasks will increase your comfort, safety, and the lifespan of your HVAC system. Find an honest, qualified HVAC contractor to help you keep you heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in top shape.

Contact Service Champions today to schedule a service appointment with one of our expert heating and cooling technicians.

Service Champions is known for trustworthy, on-time heating and air conditioning service throughout the East Bay, South Bay, and Sacramento areas.

Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Survive the summer with these easy heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance tips.

  1. Replace the Filter

The best way to avoid potential HVAC problems is by checking the filter every month! Now is the perfect time to check the air filter and set a repeating calendar reminder to inspect it every 30 days.

We highly recommend cleaning or replacing the air filter every 30-60 days. Never wait more than 90 days to replace the filter.

You can check the status of your filter by removing it and holding it up to the light. If it looks clogged and dirty, replace it. If light can easily pass through and it still looks pretty white, check it again in 15 days.

Not sure which filter to buy? Check out our air filter selection guide. Learn more about air filters and MERV ratings here.

  1. Check the Wiring

You should be casually inspecting the wiring throughout your home to make sure it is safe and working properly. Make sure you are not using extension cords as a permanent solution and that all electrical equipment has a label showing it have been tested by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

If you notice any of the following electrical warning signs, turn off the system and wait for a professional HVAC technician or electrician to take a look:

  • Crackling, sizzling, or buzzing sound from receptacles
  • Dimming or flickering lights
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Burning/fish/sulfur odor coming from electrical equipment
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

Always hire a qualified, professional contractor to service and install any HVAC or electrical equipment. Don’t forget to schedule annual HVAC maintenance for safety, comfort, and efficiency. Learn more air conditioner and fan safety tips.

  1. Check the Outside Condenser Unit

Over time, your outdoor heat pump unit accumulates a lot of dirt and debris. While nothing beats a professional cleaning, we recommend supplementing the pro cleanings with a little DIY cleaning of your own.

Dirty, clogged condenser coils will raise your energy bills, shorten the equipment lifespan, and increase the likelihood of repair. According to the US Department of Energy, “a dirty condenser coil can increase compressor energy consumption by 30%.”

Learn how to clean your outdoor condenser unit—without calling a pro. Basically, just remove large pieces of debris by hand, then turn the unit off and wash it off with a regular garden hose.

If you notice a broken condenser fan or any other condenser damage, call a professional right away.

  1. Upgrade the Thermostat

If you don’t already have a smart or programmable thermostat, consider upgrading. This way, you can set your schedule and forget it. Used properly, these thermostat upgrades can help you save money and energy while increasing comfort. You can even install a Wi-Fi thermostat to control it remotely. Smart, Wi-Fi thermostats like Nest automatically adjust the temperature in your home for optimum comfort and efficiency.

  1. Don’t Neglect Heating Maintenance

It’s hard to believe that September is almost here! Even though you might still be using your air conditioner, it won’t be long before you’ll start turning up the heat. That’s why September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month. Professional HVAC tune-ups are most effective when completed prior to the heating or cooling season. Don’t procrastinate—schedule your heating tune-up early.

Click here for a full DIY Air Conditioning Inspection Guide.

These simply do-it-yourself tasks will increase your comfort, safety, and the lifespan of your HVAC system. Find an honest, qualified HVAC contractor to help you keep you heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in top shape.

Contact Service Champions today to schedule a service appointment with one of our expert heating and cooling technicians.

Service Champions is known for trustworthy, on-time heating and air conditioning service throughout the East Bay, South Bay, and Sacramento areas.

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