When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
During the spring, you are going to need to do maintenance to your HVAC. Some of the things that need to be done include servicing of your furnace before you turn it off for the year and preparing your AC for summer. There are some simple maintenance tasks that can be done to ensure your AC is cooling as efficiently as possible, such as cleaning the condensing unit, checking ductwork and repairing insulation. Here are some spring maintenance tips to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner this summer:
1. Avoid Frozen AC Problems by Cleaning the Condensing Unit
Freezing of your AC is a serious problem during the summer months that can cause damage that is expensive to repair. Frozen coils also cause the AC to blow hot air or run constantly when you need your cooling the most. To prevent this problem and avoid expensive repairs, clean the outdoor condensing unit and coils in spring before you need your cooling. This will prevent the unit from freezing and help improve efficiency during the summer months.
2. Repairing Ducts and Coolant Line Insulation to Stop Energy Loss
Ducts are another area where maintenance needs to be done to improve efficiency. Over the winter months, many things can damage ductwork. If you have ducts in the attic or crawl space, these are areas where animals often get in and cause damage. Other problems like water can damage the insulation on ducts, which you will want to repair to reduce energy loss. In addition, check the coolant lines for insulation damage and repair any areas where insulation is missing to stop energy loss.
3. Inspecting and Servicing Your AC to Get It Ready for Summer Weather
Preparing your air conditioner for hot summer weather is important. First, it is a good idea to inspect your AC for any damage that needs to be repaired. You will also want to have an HVAC technician help with servicing your system, and they can do small repairs, check the coolant and change the filter for you. To make servicing easier, go ahead and do things like removing covers, cleaning the unit and checking thermostat batteries. It is a good idea to have your HVAC serviced by a professional technician whenever weather changes to ensure no repairs are needed.
These spring maintenance tips will help maximize the efficiency of your AC this summer. For help with servicing and repairs, contact an HVAC repair specialist to get you ready for the heat of summer.