As the summer months approach, it’s time to check your HVAC unit to make sure it’s in perfect working condition to cool your home. Performing HVAC maintenance before you need to use your AC can save you money.
Doing simple diagnostics can help you better understand how your unit operates. This will help you understand when something in the system is malfunctioning.
Annual preventive maintenance includes changing the air filters, checking for tears in the ductwork, and ensuring there is a clearance around the unit.
Are you wondering what you can do to give your HVAC system a tune-up? Keep reading for five air conditioning maintenance tips.
1. Schedule Filter Replacement in Your HVAC Maintenance
The easiest task in air conditioning maintenance is changing your air filters. These are the filters located in the air handler. The handler is most often located in the wall closest to the unit.
The filter should be changed every 90 days or when excessive dust is visible on the filter. You can purchase filters at your local home improvement stores, and they are inexpensive.
2. Clean the Drain Line
Ensuring that the drain line is clear is one way to ensure a clean air conditioner. The drain line runs from the unit to the outdoors and keeps the runoff from freezing or backing up into the air handler.
The cleaning process is easy. Detach the tubing from the unit. Using a mixture of water and bleach or water and vinegar, you can clear sediment, algae and mold buildup from the line.
3. Evaporator and Condenser Coils Must be Cleaned
Condenser coils are a part of both the indoor and outdoor HVAC units. To clean the coils, you’ll need to buy a coil cleaner. Keeping your system free of debris prolongs its life and helps you avoid costly repairs.
4. Change the Batteries in Your Thermostat
Don’t panic if you turn on your AC and nothing happens. The first thing to check is your thermostat. Some are electrical but many are battery operated. If the batteries are failing or have died, it will prevent the unit from coming on.
Keep a supply for AA or AAA batteries on hand and remember which is required to operate your thermostat. Remove the cover and swap the batteries out. If this doesn’t get the unit back on, you may need to call in an HVAC technician.
5. Trim Limbs and Vegetation Away from the Compressor
This is an HVAC maintenance task homeowners should perform year-round. Keep shrubbery and tree limbs away from the outdoor compressor. Blockage or debris inside the unit can cause significant damage.
Is it Time to Call a Pro?
Not everyone can perform HVAC maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to call in a specialist to give your unit a tune-up. They aren’t as busy as they will be during the summer when service will be in higher demand.
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